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Can you explain why it's important to you that (A) you have to wait to open the start menu and (B) that it takes up only a portion of the screen?
This is incorrect. No mainstream models of dark matter are based directly in string theory. It's hard to demonstrate directly that this is the case but if you'll do a search for 'string' in the dark matter wiki article you'll see no mentions barring one at the end, a tangential mention under the 'alternate theories' section.
Also I think you overstate the case when calling dark matter a 'questionable' theory. It is widely accepted among cosmologists, at least as a tentative explanation that fits the available data.
tell me about it, i was potty trained via flashcards and now i can't write an exam without pooping EVERYWHERE.
what you are saying isn't strictly speaking meaningful. all physical constants are relational. which you pick as 'fundamental' versus 'derived' is at some point arbitrary. if this article was about the speed of light, you could just as well ask which constant isn't, the length of a unit of space or the duration of a unit of time?
Interestingly enough these considerations apply precisely to EVE as well.