Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Apr 2012 02:08 UTC
In the News "Modern science relies upon researchers sharing their work so that their peers can check and verify success or failure. But most scientists still don't share one crucial piece of information - the source codes of the computer programs driving much of today's scientific progress." Pretty crazy this isn't the norm yet.
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Yes and no
by kwan_e on Mon 16th Apr 2012 05:43 UTC
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There is a danger that by releasing the source code, other scientists would use the source code with all the bugs which causes errors to propagate undetectably in derived research.

Ostensibly, scientists can check the source code to find bugs, but it's never going to be complete.

There is something to be said about scientists having to recreate source code in a clean room environment because errors in either code or hypothesis is easier to expose.

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