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Posted Aug 17, 2012 13:19 UTC (Fri) by ekj (guest, #1524)
In reply to: GPL v3 by dlang
Parent article: GENIVI: moving an industry to open source

If you design the plug like this: (that's a non-grounded one), with only the tips made out of conductive material, then the entire conducting surface is inside the hole before electrical connection is made.

No, this ain't new. It's been this way for atleast a decade, possibly 2.

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Posted Aug 24, 2012 22:24 UTC (Fri) by JanC_ (guest, #34940) [Link]

The radio I got as a kid had such a plug. That was in the late 1970s or early 1980s… (so about 30-35 years ago).

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Posted Aug 24, 2012 23:49 UTC (Fri) by anselm (subscriber, #2796) [Link]

It's been this way for atleast a decade, possibly 2.

As a matter of fact, that type of plug was standardised in the early 1960s. It has been around literally for generations.

This »Europlug« design is popular for devices requiring up to 2.5 A which do not need to be grounded, in all European countries except the UK, Ireland, and a few other places that use the UK system like Malta or Cyprus. The Swiss system is also subtly different. There are other, more sturdy plugs used for equipment that requires stronger currents, must be earthed, or is used outside.

The UK system uses large plugs with three rectangular prongs. These plugs are usually fused, and are incompatible with the Europlug, although UK bathrooms will often feature Europlug sockets to accommodate electric shavers. It is possible to manufacture »converter« plugs that fit around a Europlug, contain the requisite fuse, and have the three prongs required for a UK socket.

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