FW: similar-text-to-URL lookup (www.findsame.com)

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From: Joseph S. Barrera III (joe@barrera.org)
Date: Wed Nov 15 2000 - 19:34:05 PST

This is Really Cool and deserves to be FoRKed.

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From: david mankins
Sent: Wednesday, November 15, 2000 6:29 PM
Subject: similar-text-to-URL lookup

Ignore the Perl stuff, just look at the description of

   Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2000 12:31:33 -0800
   From: "www.perl.com update" <onperl@lists.oreillynet.com>
   To: <perl-update@pepper.oreillynet.com>
   Subject: www.perl.com: Critique of the Perl 6 RFC Process
   In *un*related news Steve Fink, who is a contributor to p5p,
   explained in a recent p5p message how he was able to find the original
   version of some source code that the Porters needed to investigate.
   Steve dug up the whole thing, with the original copyright notices,
   which were the part we really needed to see. How did he do this? It
   turns out he has helped to write a rather novel search engine, which
   you can visit at http://www.findsame.com/. You provide the URL for a
   document, and it locates documents that contain similar text. I
   tried this out yesterday, and I was quickly able to locate someone who
   had plagiarized one of my www.perl.com articles.
   Steve tells me that nobody much is using this tool, and this company
   is thinking of discontinuing the service. I want it to stay around,
   and I think you all might find it useful, so that's why I mentioned it.

- david mankins (dm@bbn.com, dm@world.std.com)

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