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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RE: So it isn't that complicated
by Alfman on Tue 17th Apr 2012 15:18 UTC in reply to "So it isn't that complicated"
Alfman
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jburnett,

I agree on your first point.

"2. Scientists have gotten so lazy or incompetent that they are unable to reproduce results when given everything that a skilled scientist requires. Having gone to public school in the US I can believe this."

I have to take issue with your second though, not everyone who qualifies as a competent scientist is a competent programmer. And even those who are might be too busy to spend their time reimplementing other's work.

So including source code has some merit, but the bigger question is to what degree. The overall consensus here is that it's not terribly important, and that's fine.

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