The Advancement of Windows: Ales Holecek - Windows Shell (Windows Explorer, Desktop Search, UAC, AerOct 13, 2006 at 2:00 AM
However, your conclusion, which appears to miss an understandably implicit point: data created as a direct result of your interactions with the system, how you use it and how it is capable of making your intentions achievable in a predictable and reliable way, makes proving or disproving the hypothesis empirically impossible(we think we may be on to something theoretically, but theory is purely abstract).
hate to be pedantic here Charles (what am I talking about, I'm a geek - I live for pedantry!) but it's impossible to prove anything empirically.
You can verify your hypothesis, but you cannot prove it, as in order to prove a hypothesis empirically you'd have to observe all possible permutations and outcomes, (and as you're being empirical you wouldn't be allowed to inform your observations from your theory, as you haven't proved your theory yet! So you'd have to literally observe all possible permutations ever ever ever.)
In science, a Theory (with a capital T) is another way of expressing an Hypothesis that has been "proven" due to direct observations, or measurements, that show the conjecture to be factual.
Well Then what are Laws? I learned that Hypothesis is a postulated explanation of natural phenomena. If the hypothesis explains the phenomenon under varying conditions, it becomes a working theory. If this theory is yet demonstrated to , over time, explain the fundamentals of the phenomenon, and all outcomes are accounted for, then it becomes a Law of nature. Like the Gravetational laws, laws of motion, Newtons laws etc..
So , generally, in science, we never use the word "Proven", we say the hypothesis was not demonstrated to fail, yet or something along those words.