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When I was in college in the early 1980's, programming projects were submitted for grading using paper listings. Instructors then returned final projects after the quarter ended using a cabinet outside the computer science office. After taking the real-time programming class (essentially multi-threading in PDP-11 assembly language), my project listing was missing. I informed the instructor.
A couple of quarters later, I was called into the department chairman's office, and asked to bring a copy of my final project listing for the class. I met with the chairman and the instructor, and they had me compare a listing to mine. It was the same code, but the comments were all different (and in some places wrong). I later heard about a guy I knew who was summarily failed for the class and expelled from the university.
Even if they aren't replaced, I'd say it's difficult unless you've seen the original code recently. Some metrics would make it easier, such as the number of lines, the size of the .exe, or a list of function signatures. These would work even when things were just renamed.
It would not be difficult to check the metrics of each method in a file, a simple size/word count would pick up most plagiarists, they would probably be too lazy to go to the effort of changing the content.
Actually the more I think about it the more interesting it would be, I'm pretty sure someone has built something like that into a doc compare tool already.
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I'm old. I know stuff - JSOP
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