Access Matters

Programmers have a saying, “Linus’ Law”: “given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow”.

This makes it all the more concerning that during the oil leak disaster in the Gulf, access has been restricted for reporters and scientists.

Lets hope the news that the leak is almost over is true. The cleanup will take years.

Related:

ProPublica.org: Stephen Engelberg: “When the Police Control the Press”

1 thought on “Access Matters

  1. transparency is key. This makes me wonder about what the leak being ‘over’ means. With certain minor (IE6) bugs that are open for too long we may close them as WONTFIX. The issue is closed but not ‘fixed’

    UNless they keep a camera rolling 24×7 for years we won’t really know if it is fixed or just small enough not to matter…..

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