Re: I can see the value in certification
"You do realize that a chip is necessary as the cable is ambi-dextrous to unswap the pins if needed?"
I believe what you mean is that the connector is reversible and, no, that does not require a chip.
As to your weblink, if you read closely, you'll notice that A) no where in it is there any mention of a knockoff cable and B) he was sleeping with the charger connected to an extension cord in his bed. His necklace was most likely conducting power from the AC end of the charger so the cable connected on the other side would have been of little consequence.