> I've seen her waste months of her precious time trying to figure out why
> published (and widely cited) results don't match up with their published
> algorithm. These are the kinds of questions that could be easily answered
> by examining source code and/or by experimenting on the executable, but
> are more or less impossible to answer without access to either.
Spot on. I also spent months and months of time trying to unsuccessfully reproduce results. The only difference from you wife's situation is that I at least got a dissertation chapter out of it. :)