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Hardware Hackers Reveal Apple's Charger Secrets 371

ptorrone writes "In this 7-minute video we explore the mysteries of Apple device charging. Usually, device makers need to sign a confidentially agreement with Apple if they want to say their charger 'works with iPhone / iPod,' and they're not allowed to talk about how the insides work. If you don't put these secret resistors on the data lines too, you get the dreaded Charging is not supported with this accessory. We demonstrate how anyone can make their own chargers that work with iPhone 4, 3Gs, etc."
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Hardware Hackers Reveal Apple's Charger Secrets

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  • Place your bets (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Capt.DrumkenBum ( 1173011 ) on Tuesday August 03, 2010 @02:10PM (#33127212)
    How long will it be before the take down notice arrives?
    Someone download the plans, and put them up on a torrent site quick.
  • by SpinningCone ( 1278698 ) on Tuesday August 03, 2010 @02:18PM (#33127358)

    i hate when manufacturers do crap like this to keep peripherals locked into a more profitable licensing agreement. Apples tendency toward total control is one of the things i don't like about them.

    tho other manufacturers are just as bad. i will never buy a Dell for my home for the same reasons. at work we had an Out of warranty gx 270 desktop. they were know for their bad capacitors in the power supply. so lo and behold the PS goes out. i have to spec a new one. at first i thought i would hop down to the local PC store and grabe a cheap PS for like $30 would work fine.

    found out that the motherboards on those dells had different pin layouts from regular boards. the connector was the same as your usual PS but the lines were scrambled. if you plugged in a PS from the PC store you would fry the mobo. thus i would have to get a new PS from the dell store at a cost of $115 ..

    we opted for a used PS from a 3rd party supplier for $30 instead.

    wish companies would back off and be more open. the way things seem to go we're heaed back to the old at&t days when it took a court action just to add a funnel to your telephone handset []

  • Re:Good Lord! (Score:3, Interesting)

    by shiftless ( 410350 ) on Tuesday August 03, 2010 @08:22PM (#33132584) Homepage

    Read an article from [] [], spend a few futile minutes googling for more pictures and trying to internally reconcile her ravishing looks with such effortless eloquence and boundless intelligence, and then fall even deeper into self-loathing despair with the realization that even your hypothetical best version of yourself wouldn't be good enough for her.

    Except I know I actually *could* bang her. And I'll go ahead and tell you, just because she's good looking and smart doesn't mean that she's fun in bed or that you'd want to be in a relationship with her. In fact I've found that overly smart women can often be the quirkiest and most annoying/emotionally immature in some ways. That doesn't mean that one shouldn't be interested in meeting her and finding out more about her, but don't drool over her "stats" (i.e. her self-created marketing brochure) and automatically assume that's the whole truth and there aren't flaws hidden, or not so hidden.

    In other words, don't put the pussy on a pedestal. Gain some self worth and a critical eye. A critical eye means you've got so many women hitting on you that you need to screen out the ones who are irritating or in some way unworthy of your attention. Why waste time with a psycho, or a straight up weirdo when there are other, just as hot and better acting women who want your attention? Who cares if she's the smartest woman on the planet if she's a bitch or has rude manners or is totally unwilling to experiment with new sexual positions?

  • Re:Good Lord! (Score:4, Interesting)

    by shiftless ( 410350 ) on Tuesday August 03, 2010 @08:26PM (#33132612) Homepage

    I guarantee Sarah is perfectly content enough and at ease with sexuality, being a grown woman of good looks and high intelligence, that comments by random nerds on a geek site don't at all even register on her radar as a source of concern. You don't need to "protect" her from the evil lusty nerds, he-man, she's gonna be OK.

  • Re:Stupid chargers (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 03, 2010 @11:54PM (#33133980)
    An Apple NDA isn't quite the same thing as other companies' NDAs (posting anonymously, because I can't legally tell you that).

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