Source: ‘Good Scientists Solve Problems, but Great Scientists Know What’s Worth Solving’ (The Wire, 29 Oct 2015)Interview said:(Interviewer):
One of them even made a claim that alternative approaches have been incorporated to string theory and, therefore, it’s the only true theory.
Joe Polchinski, a very prominent string theorist, he did say explicitly that – this was some years ago, at KITP [Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics] Santa Barbara at its 25th anniversary. He said, well, string theory has incorporated everything. String theory is a little like Microsoft because at that time Microsoft was incorporating everything. He said loop quantum gravity was more like Apple. I thought it was a great complement! [Laughs] He explicitly said so. I said somehow I could accept Apple; at least Microsoft wouldn’t gobble us up!
So, finite groups are virtually trivial. What's the big deal?