foldy wrote:Don't get mad with bruce's pragmatic answers....
I'm not mad, and I don't find imagining some unknown, exorbitant expense to be "pragmatic" (unless you include Webster's "...to the exclusion of intellectual ... matters").
Why do you consider development costs to be "unknown" and "imagined"? They are of course estimates, and notoriously difficult to predict, but as most software managers can tell you, estimates of the cost of software development are more often "under" than "over". Unless you want to make a very large donation to Pande Group to invest in software development, you just need to accept that development costs are professionally assessed, standard cost/benefit rules are applied, and the available development resource is applied in a cost-effective manner. (Usually, but not always, that will favour scientific productivity over donor experience.)