Capitalist companies, you know, are incredibly greedy and indifferent enough to the real needs of their customers. They are good, very good, tempting us to buy products that we don’t need or really want. The system itself, a puzzle of unnecessary copies: what does it mean to tie shoes of different colors, or with different patterns? It is thus a matter of relief that governments are looking after the interests of consumers and setting the right standards that can protect us from useless copying and waste.
Take the European Union. In the midst of the Ukrainian crisis, while adopting a package of sanctions and another, in search of new power supplies outside of Russia, the almighty European authorities also succeeded in adjusting the chargers for all portable devices: cellphones and tablets.
Under the new rules, customers will no longer need a separate charging device and cable whenever they purchase a new device, and will be able to use a single charger for all their small and medium-sized portable electronic devices. Mobile phones, tablets, e-readers, earbuds, digital cameras, headphones and headsets, handheld video game consoles and portable speakers that can be recharged via a wired cable, regardless of manufacturer, must be equipped with a USB Type-C port. Laptops also need to be adapted within 40 months of becoming effective.
Charging speeds are also compatible for devices that support fast charging, allowing users to charge their devices at the same speed as any compatible charger.
Isn’t that nice? The producers have spontaneously integrated towards the charger equipped with USB Type-C port. If you try to remember things from five or ten years ago, a different picture comes to mind. But the general standard is something that consumers want and so we’re basically in a situation where your charger has a USB-C or a Lightning port. The latter is the state of the iPhone and Apple, although some Apple devices have a USB-C charger.
The European regulator thinks he deserves applause. He pushed the private sector to the last step. “A charger to charge them all”.
On the one hand, some customers may appreciate the convenience, while others have to dispose of a lot of connecting wires beyond their useful life. But on the other hand, this step reduces the scope for innovation: it may be unlikely, but it can create some chargers that No. Work well with USB-C and will work better with other systems. Now, they can’t and they won’t.
The real question is: why should political authority bother with this kind of thing? This is a question that is rarely asked and we should ask more often. The world we live in has no shortage of problems: from epidemics to Ukraine; We were Shower With problems over the last few years. Aren’t these big enough for our rulers and legislators? Shouldn’t they focus on the obvious? Why do they devote so much time and attention to instructing private companies, such as Apple, how their products should be made?
The EU decision seems trivial. But it does indicate an attitude and a habit – not to give any individual or company any value in the basic economic freedom that he wants to be involved in the production and exchange. There may be some valid examples where such freedom is traded with other values. But do authorities try to do at least one cost-benefit analysis? And do they consider it a kind of assumption in favor of economic freedom?
Euroscepticians joked about the Brussels legislation on Zucchini’s caliber. Clearly, they meant that the EU was quite impotent when it came to significant things but was proud to control the smallest things. Let’s see if they can have fun with the Lady of the Chargers.