The flowchart programming of labview is a pain in the butt for many looped programs and programs with complicated timings. Mablab is easier for most things (and more powerful) if you can get your external equipment to work with it without jumping through hoops.
At birth you have many more neurons than are needed for motor control and they are indeed fine tuned for coordination, but in adults there is far less plasticity in neuron growth/death. If you read the article it says a big part of what they are doing is determining best position for electrode placement. Well this isn't wholely different than what any other research lab does. The method being used it was makes this article unique otherwise we have monkeys trained to use robotic limbs with their thoughts right now. The research being done does not sound that useful when compared to what is already been done and is being polished in labs right now. The lab is just trying to get a wow-factor article because they are probably low on funding and hope to get noticed by DARPA. If the defense dept. funds foreign labs I cant say though.
"But you can't say a race car has broken a land speed record if it takes a short cut through the center of the race track loop." Yes you can, if a car breaks a speed record taking said "shortcut" it still breaks the speed record. However since the distance it travels while going that speed makes no difference for it to the be the record it would be stupid to call it a "shortcut." My point is: your ramble ended as it began, incoherantly.
How did government spending contribute to the sucess of the internet? Other than the fact that al gore built it of course. The gov rarely contributes to the economy, the best they can do is stay out of its way.