I'm sorry, but I'd be royally pissed of MS was trying to remove third party software from a machine without asking me.
Malware or not.
It's not the right place. A very appropriate solution would be to prompt the user
"A root kit has been detected, please visit the following website for more information and a link to a tool to attempt to fix the issue. This update will not be installed until the issue has been resolved."
If I saw that message, I would be shocked and amazed at the appropriate response demonstrated. If that happened, I would say MS went above and beyond to accommodate the customer and the security best practice.
Is the tobacco industry against e-cigs? Wouldn't it be the least bit ironic if the ALA found itself on the same side as them?
I'd like to meet your daughter when she's an adult. (I am serious. She should be really pleasure to be around and really interesting.)
So - you are assuming that space science is solely NASA then?
No. They're just the lion's share. My view is that for space science, they probably outweigh the rest of the planet, including the DoD's expenditures on space science.
What about developing the engineering and technological means to allow for long stays on the moon? Spend 5-10 years researching astronaut safety, building materials, biospheres, ecological and environmental surveys for using natural resources - then go to the moon for extended stays of weeks and months? Using this technology to then go to Mars? It is the choice of where to put the limited funds for the next 5 years, 10 years... where will it be of the most use?
Personally, I'd rather the US's budget were reduced by a factor of two or three. Elimination of NASA funding as a side effect would be acceptable. But since it isn't going to happen, yes, with the proviso that extended stays mean stays of years, not weeks or months. Unmanned space science missions should take advantage of well known economies of scale (such as reuse of technology and standardized components, building more probes at a time to spread out development costs, and missions that favor smaller, more frequent launches over larger, less frequent launches. And such research should support US economic needs, such as figuring out how to make money from activities and resources in space.
The main problem with Firefly was that Fox showed them out of order, with The Train Robbery as the first episode on tv. I watched about 1/2 hour of it and turned it off. Wasn't until Serenity movie hit cheap DVD's at Costco that I watched it and then picked up the entire series. Watching it in the order Whedon filmed them, it was a lot better.
'Course, I've heard that Fox has a revolving door with upper management and it's usually a new manager coming in who kills off shows of his predecessor, sorta' like a dog pissing on another dog's spot.
Did they make a quantum leap in 4.0,
No they made a big change, not an incredibly small one.
"Did the writer's ever actually read the original Jack Kirby, Stan Lee comic that this was based on?"
Of course they did. They also read the Ultimate (FF,Galactus) series of comics, and introduced some of those ideas because their superiors at Marvel forced them to. The result was the mess you watched in the theater.
Two percent of zero is almost nothing.