The work of McIntyre and McKitrick has been mentioned on slashdot (after an interminable wait, it seems)
theidocles writes "The ongoing debate over the ‘hockey stick’ climate graph has an interesting side note. McKitrick & McIntyre (M&M), the critics, have published their complete source code and it’s written using the well-known R statistics package (covered by the GPL). Mann, Bradley & Hughes, the defenders, described their algorithm but have only released part of their source code, and refuse to divulge the rest, which really makes it look like they have some errors/omissions to hide (they did publish the data they used). There’s an issue of open source vs closed source as well as how much publicly-funded researchers should be required to disclose – should they be allowed to generate ‘closed-source’ solutions at the taxpayers’ expense?"