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Now This Is A Flustercuck: CERN Has To Untangle 9,000 Cables Before The Next LHC Upgrade

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If the sight of the spaghetti tangle of cables behind your desktop gives you anxiety, consider yourself lucky you’re not one of the CERN engineers tasked to remove old cabling at the Large Hadron Collider before its next big equipment upgrade. Over the years of upgrades and maintenance, the particle accelerator has grown in complexity, and has left colossal piles of cables crisscrossing in a surprisingly disorganized manner. Now a team of 60 engineers is being tasked with figuring out which cable does what before it can be unplugged, lest the entire system lose data or go into failsafe mode and stop working. All 9,000 of them. And these are only the ones associated with the Proton Synchrotron Booster (PS Booster), the Proton Synchrotron (PS), and the Super Proton Synchrotron (SPS). So far the team has identified “2,700 of the 9,000 obsolete cables that are believed to exist in the three instruments. Evrard believes they will be able to find 8,000 of them before the LHC comes back online, which should make it feasible to get all the cables out of the way when the time comes for installing new cables in 2019 and 2020.”

It’s an interesting bit of news that might put our mundane hardware woes into perspective.

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Everyone Needs The Pocketo Cable Organizer

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It’s everyone’s dirty little secret: “Just don’t look under my desk.” We make efforts to keep a tidy apartment, but most of us simply balk at the idea of trying to make anything beautiful with the spaghetti strands that wiggle around the back of our desktop computers, so we just ignore that area. The Pocketo Cable Organizer tries to make the task marginally easier by providing you with a plastic pin-filled board to wrap your cables around. An adhesive back allows you to stick it to a wall, or under your work surface, and then it’s just a matter of routing your cables between the pins in any pattern that makes most sense to you. Best of all, it’s super cheat at $12 for a pack of 2.

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Deal Of The Day: 30% Off On Titan Cable & Titan Loop Lightning Charger Bundle

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The cable that comes with your iPhone or iPad pretty much sucks. It’s fragile, needs replacing periodically, and doesn’t do half the things that the Titan Cable & Titan Loop Lightning Charger Bundle do.

Titan’s top-selling, MFi-certified, tangle-free charging cables now come in a pack, so you can conveniently charge anywhere life may take you. Titan’s original 3.25 foot cable is wrapped twice in industrial-grade, flexible steel and packs permanently-sealed USB and Lightning connectors that won’t be falling apart in this century, or the next. The Loop, its smaller sibling, features the same great strength, but also conveniently folds in half to attach to your keychain or belt loop. One for home, one for the road, it’s a match made in heaven.

– Wrapped in two layers of flexible, high-strength steel
– Includes sealed one-piece housing fused directly over the cable to keep the connectors in place
– Certified w/ Apple’s MFi program for safe charging
– Made to last for life
– Backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty

Normally you’d have to pay $65 for the bundle, but today’s deal brings that down to $44.95.

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Deal Of the Day: 72% Off On Cord2Go

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Going somewhere for a while? You’re probably going to need that charging cable, or else how’re you going to power up your devices? Most people are used to carrying a mess of cables around, but there are companies out there working to solve that issue. One such product is the Cord2Go, a compact and slim cable-storage and charger.

Sync data and charge devices when you’re on the go without the normal tangle of cables and cords. The slim, lightweight Cord2Go—with its handy carabiner—keeps the cables in line for you. Just unplug the Lightning and USB connectors from their slots (and lock them back in place when you’re done), and you’ll never have to ask around for a charger again.

– Travels anywhere thanks to its compact size & minuscule weight
– Supports Apple’s firmware updates w/ MFi-certified cable
– Diminishes cable tangles w/ streamlined organization
– Charges your smart device rapidly
– Conveniently attaches to anything w/ the carabiner
– Supports charging devices w/ car chargers, multi-port USB chargers, wall chargers & more
– Quickly syncs data when connected to a computer

Normally the Cord2go would be $36, but after today’s massive deal, it’s just $9.99!

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Deal Of The Day: 52% Off On MFi-Certified 10-Ft iOS Lightning Cable (US)

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The cable that Apple includes with new iPhones is 3 feet long. And when it breaks outside of warranty, it’s another $25 to get a new one. That sort of sucks. So today you’re looking at an extra long MFi-Certified 10-Ft iOS Lightning Cable (US) which will set you back only $18.99 after rebate. That’s a deal.

With this handy Apple MFi-certified 10-foot (3 meter) cable in your tech arsenal, you’ll never have to compromise your comfort again. It can easily stretch across the room to conveniently power your iOS device wherever you may find yourself.

– 10-ft (3 meter) length to allow for comfortable charging and use
– Resilient MFi-certified cable for safe charging
– High-quality design for long-lasting use
– No more slouching by the outlet while charging, sit back and relax

Normally this longer cable is $40, but as mentioned above, today’s deal lowers that down to $18.99.

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Deal Of The Day: 28% Off On Titan MFi-Certified Lightning Cable

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You guys ever notice how shoddily made Apple cables are? After a few months of use, many of them start fraying where the cable meets the connector, and need warranty replacement. That’s a heck of a hassle, and that’s when you’re lucky to still be under warranty. You could eliminate this problem altogether by getting yourself the Titan MFi-Certified Lightning Cable. It’s virtually indestructible.

Toss your frayed, tangled iPhone charger in the garbage; it’s time for an upgrade. The Titan is wrapped twice in industrial-grade, flexible steel and packs permanently-sealed USB and Lightning connectors that won’t be falling apart in this century, or the next. With an Apple-approved certification, the Titan is tough on all types of outside elements from electricity spikes to happy puppies looking for a chew toy.

– Wrapped in two layers of flexible, high-strength steel
– Includes sealed one-piece housing fused directly over the cable to keep the connectors in place
– Certified w/ Apple’s MFi program for safe charging
– Made to last for life
– Backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty

The 3.25ft cable normally costs $35, but with today’s deal you only have to pay $24.99.

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Deal Of The Day: 40% Off On Ultra-Handy 10-Ft Micro USB Cable, 2 Pack

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Admit it: you’ve sat on the floor, next to your charging phone, on more occasions than a self-respecting adult ever should. That 3ft. cord is just not long enough to do anything other than placing your device down and carrying on with your life while it charges. With the Ultra-Handy 10-Ft Micro USB Cable however, you could go about some of your business in the dignified manner that a grown ass person should. It’s the Micro-USB type, so iDevices are out of luck. But there are millions of other phone, tablets and phablets who charge with this connector. We think that $14.99 for two of these is a ridiculously low price, so don’t wait and get yours now.

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Deal Of The Day: 28% Off On ‘Bobine’ Flexible iPhone Charging Dock

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Whenever you’re charging your phone next to your laptop, there’s a good chance it’s just laying flat on the table as you work. That’s fine, but what if there was a product that lets you prop it up at whatever angle you want? The ‘Bobine’ Flexible iPhone Charging Dock is a flexible, yet sturdy cable that can be bent and reconfigured in any number of shapes so you can easily make FaceTime calls, see notifications as they come in, or even use your iPhone as a second screen for whatever reason you want. It’s made of nickel-plated steel, and should last longer than the phone it’ll help charge and sync. It’s only got the Lightning connector, so if you have anything older than an iPhone 5, you’re out of luck. And it’s normally $35, but with today’s deal, you’ll pay $24.99.

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Parting Fools From Their Money: $5,500 AudioQuest Diamond Cat-6 ‘Directional’ Ethernet Cable

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You want that MP3 to sound even better? Got some crazy sound system and you want to make sure you get the best possible sound from it? Why not turn to AudioQuest’s Diamond line of Ethernet cables? Their CAT-6 cables come with silver-plated plugs are actually directional! Wowsers!

AudioQuest’s Diamond RJ/E is a directional Ethernet cable made with the same hallmark materials, philosophy, care and attention that is applied to all their interconnects, whether it’s an entry level introduction to hi-fi or a died-in-the-wool music connoisseur. Another upgrade with Diamond is a complete plug redesign, opting for an ultra-performance RJ45 connector made from silver with tabs that are virtually unbreakable. The plug comes with added strain relief and firmly lock into place ensuring no critical data is lost.

All audio cables are directional. The correct direction is determined by listening to every batch of metal conductors used in every AudioQuest audio cable. Arrows are clearly marked on the connectors to ensure superior sound quality. For best results have the arrow pointing in the direction of the flow of music. For example, NAS to Router, Router to Network Player.

Directional cables… right. Because we only need to send data, and never receive any. Because bits of data can be “lost” at the interconnect. Sure.

Ugh… this is so depressing, because you know full well that some poor sod is going to buy some of these, and then totally “hear” the difference. And you know how much he’ll pay? How about $5,500 for 26ft. of the thing? And if you think that’s a lot, you should check out the company’s $13,500 52ft. HDMI cable.

[ Product Page ] VAIA [ SlashGear ]