In the dictionary, under the word “plagiarism”

December 27, 2006 · Posted in Copycats, Uncategorized · Comment 

The Harpoon HeadQuarters crew is justly proud for a lot of its creations, chief among them the DB2000 database for the H2/3 simulation. A dataset 10+ years in the making (1996-2006) and the product of untold man-hours of work, as well as significant expense (quality reference books are not cheap).

During 2005-2006, a supposedly “new” database called the PlayersDB emerged in the Harpoon community. Herman Hum, the creator of this DB, claims that he has not copied anything from the DB2000 or any other HarpoonHQ database, and that his starting point is Darren Buckley’s obsolete HUD-2.

Let us examine how this claim holds under scrutiny. The following data is from a side-by-side comparison of the DB2000, the PDB and the HUD-2 databases as they stood in mid-2006. Time-stamped copies of the databases have been kept by the DB2000 author as evidence and are available upon request.

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DatabaseComparison003DatabaseComparison004DatabaseComparison005DatabaseComparison006DatabaseComparison007_Nasams1DatabaseComparison008_scrambled1DatabaseComparison009_loadouts1DatabaseComparison010_loadouts2DatabaseComparison011_loadouts3

As I wrote elsewhere,

Any DB-experienced IT pro worth his salt will tell you the odds of two datasets (of such schematic complexity) growing _in total separation without any cross-transfer_ and ending up with these kind of similarities. Suffice to say, it’s not the kind of odds you want at the casino or lottery.

As the saying goes, for those who understand, no explanation is needed. For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible.