Whoever decided that 1) power-only USB cables needed to exist and 2) they should be indistinguishable from data-capable USB cables has some fucking EXPLAINING to do.

Dec 19, 2021 · 6:22 AM UTC

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Replying to @maegodhavemercy
The second part sucks but the first part is actually useful 😛
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Yeah, I’m down with it in theory, but they don’t provide more power than a data capable cable… they just have fewer wires. Like… MEH.
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Replying to @maegodhavemercy
UNIVERSAL serial bus But... UNIVERSAL MEANS UNIVERSAL, doesn't have to make sense.
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The bus is universal, the capabilities are not.
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Replying to @maegodhavemercy
I always forget this is a thing until I only have 1usb cord and it's the wrong one
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Replying to @maegodhavemercy
Also Type C cables only wired/rated for USB2.0...
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Type C cables rated for Thunderbolt 3/4 are visually indistinguishable from USB 3.1 cables and there's very little to distinguish either from USB 3.0/2.0 Type C cables too
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And that’s before you get to USB C. There are different cables at different wattages. My MacBook Pro needs 100 watts. Most “power” USB’s deliver 60w max. No labelling. Took me days of slow renders to realise my laptop wasn’t getting enough juice.
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the usefulness (knowing when you use a random charger at an airport/cafe/whatever its only going to be drawing power nothing else) is rendered not so useful when they are indistinguishable, I've wrapped some little tape around mine lol
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