Originally Posted by yet-another-account
Once again proving that humanity is doomed, the clowns who manage the USB standard today announced that they could have allowed the USB standard to prevent the endless plethora of non-interoperable power-bricks constantly going to landfill throughout the last 12 years.
USB promoters defended their refusal to provide meaningful power through USB2 when released at the turn of the century with the feeble excuse that every other standard in IT was - and is - released with built-in-obsolescence. "Why should we have done the human race an environmental and economical favour when nobody else was doing so?" said chief USB promoter Dick Gutless. "The decision was made with broad industry consensus", he claimed. "Silicon Valley shareholders would have caused a riot if we didn't ensure that royalties would continue to flow in for their companies when we periodically 'found' new features for the standard." He stated. "As for the landfill and socio-economic implications of our decision, well it's not as if green principles were all that common at the time. Greenpeace was only formed 25 years before we came up with the USB standard. The UN was only formed 50 years beforehand. Socio-economic concepts were just the last things on our minds. We had not had time to educate ourselves about these concepts. Nonetheless I still believe we were the greatest minds available at the time to work on the USB concept." Mr Gutless re-iterated that there was nothing the USB promoters could do about their failures other than to learn from the mistakes and improve the standard in the future. "Someone suggested we should charge a green tax on the standard to help fund a clean up of all old power bricks in the world. We considered that idea thoroughly but felt such a policy would show the sort of forward-thinking responsibility we couldn't justify to our investors."
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