Otherwise it's just a huge duplication of effort, a lot of time wasted at MS.
Of course Microsoft are already spending their resources developing IE. You have to wonder whether they are getting value for money: why not just ship Firefox or Chrome with their OS?
Open sourcing it as abandonware (or nominally to some new or existing "foundation") is an option they should take seriously.
What do you mean? Is the lag on satellite Internet connections too high to do anything interactive? Low-orbit satellites would avoid that. Or is the uplink capacity too low to do anything other than request downloads? I'm not sure that there'd be any technical reason for such a limitation.
Personally, I'd love to have more options in Internet connectivity. Not every location in the world is supplied by the perfect ISP at a low cost.
If I remember correctly, they did have a scientific explanation for that. The explosion that separated the Moon from the Earth was so powerful that its relative velocity was close to the speed of light, so distance was contracted according to the theory of relativity.
However, I don't remember any explanation for how the moon and its inhabitants could survive intact with such a powerful explosion and rapid acceleration. Maybe I need to go and rewatch the series to find out.
How many laptops still have DVD drives these days? The last one I saw doesn't even have an ethernet port (and the laptop was too thin for one to fit anyway).
Can they make backup bootable USB sticks?
Artificial life forms could be resistant to many kinds of accidents. All they have to do is keep an offsite backup of their mental state and restore to new hardware after the accident.
There's no reason to think that every form of high-speed data transfer must be susceptible to viruses.
I don't think games are the answer. Sure you can concentrate on a game for hours on end, but games are designed to be addictive and hold your attention. You can't expect that experience to translate to any real-world activity, and the game will just be an additional distraction.
I don't see anything wrong with queuing up a few web pages to read because they load slowly, as long as there's a good reason to be reading those pages in the first place.
Never say never. But how about they stop extorting royalties from software patents first? That's pure evil by many programmers' standards. I'd also like to be clear that they are no longer in the business of inventing "standards" that are intended to make their own products incompatible with anything else. I see that their office software still doesn't use the Open Document format by default.