Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 29th Jun 2009 21:22 UTC, submitted by Governa
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Apple, LG, Motorola, NEC, Nokia, Qualcomm, Research in Motion, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, and Texas Instruments have agreed to standardise their smartphone chargers in Europe using micro-USB. "The European Commission announced today that 10 mobile phone producers, which represent some 90 percent of the mobile phone market in the European Union, have signed a voluntary agreement to use standardized chargers for mobile phones using a micro-USB connector. The agreement addresses the EC's concern that mobile phone chargers create needless electronic waste." A single charger for everything! It almost brings tears to my eyes. Honestly. Even Apple. There it is. The tear.
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by ThomasFuhringer on Tue 30th Jun 2009 10:41 UTC in reply to "RE: Vindicated"
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Interest rates and housing prices should be left to the market. Some government setting them is what you call 'central planning' and we have seen where that leads to.

When it comes to standardisation a government can really do some good by pushing through a convention here and there.

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