USB Type-C cable plugs to be reversible

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  1. ronjor

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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25222101
     
  2. Mrkvonic

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    Good, because no matter how you try, you always try the wrong side.
    Every single time :)
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  3. Rmus

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    Here is a tip:

    The side with the diagram of the plug connections always faces up when inserted. It's easy to feel that side with my thumb, and I've never missed getting the correct side up -- even with my eyes closed!

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  4. Mrkvonic

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    That defies the laws of the physics, man!
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  5. Rmus

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    Please elaborate.

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  6. Mrkvonic

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    It was meant to be a joke, probably not a successful one.
    Murphy's Law, usb plug, try, try again, that sort of thing. Ah, well.
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  7. Rmus

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    OK, I missed that... since I defer all matters of physics to you (not knowing much myself) I assumed there was something intricate involved with the simple USB plug. Ah, well...

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  8. Aryeh Goretsky

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    Hello,

    I seem to recall reading in the original USB spec that the logo was be molded into the jacketing around the USB plugs as part of the specification, but I have seen plenty of USB cables over the years which do not follow this.

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    Aryeh Goretsky


     
  9. Rmus

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    In that case, if manufacturers are not going to follow the specifications, then making the plugs reversible is a good solution!


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  10. SirDrexl

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    Not to mention, there are things like flash drives which have no USB logo. Granted, sometimes it's obvious if there's a tab or something, but I've got one in which one side has the brand name and the other has the model of the drive. I think the end with the brand name is up, but I'm not sure.

    Also, it's not obvious which end is up if the port happens to be vertical.
     
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