Koen Verbeeck (11/6/2011)
TCP/IP needs a network adaptor. Isn't that hardware as well? 😛
in QotD, "specific hardware" isn't any network card hardware!!!
In what respect are you claiming that this is less specific than VIA hardware? It's any VIA hardware just as it's any Ethernet adaptor - it certainly isn't "any network card" because you would have one hell of a time trying to run IP over an asynchronous connection on a telephone line (unless you put some sot of virtual interface adaptor software beneath IP - that of course is quite common), or over a non-transparent basic mode synchronous connection, or over a synchronous modem connection that doesn't provide any form of framing, or over a 5-bit telex adaptor, or over a SCSI card.