Windows cant power the laptop up.
Technically, no. But Windows (or Linux) can program a wake-up alarm into the RTC chip. See for example http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/ACPI_Wakeup .
That was a merciless thing to do to a clam.
Let's also not forget that North Korea successfully launched a satellite into a stable polar orbit (higher than the ISS). That first payload was a bit of a dud, but they have a proven ability to send a package over any part of the Earth's surface.
Possible, although unlikely. The -CDM model does an astonishingly good job of modeling the observed universe. But, that doesn't mean it is right.
In the case of aether, people didn't stop investigating it until a) experiments that should have observed no matter what saw no evidence of it and b) another theory that agreed with this new data came along.
People who trot out the tired old "dark matter is just like aether!" line typically do so while patting themselves on the back for their cleverness, while neglecting the above.
If there isn't WIMP dark matter, or even isn't dark matter at all, then we'll find out. That's how science works.
You sound like Ebenezer Scrooge: http://youtu.be/QIcoa0oI5Cc?t=10s
It's not a favorable comparison.