Re: Why do we accept flaky network hardware?
"I'd also point out that USB in no way compares with Ethernet, especially given its length limits.."
I said a serial protocol like USB. And properly implemented serial protocols shouldn't have length limits measured in single digits which tells you all you need to know about the original cheap-as-chips USB design. Christ, even the parallel centronics interface could go further than USB and parallel systems are notorious for their length limitations. Besides, 10-base-T essentially IS a serial protocol in all but name but with pointless extra link layer packet header parsing overhead.