Attack of the Nerds II
The hackers from MIT strike – not against Caltech in retaliation – but to make a point about worthless scientific conferences.
….the graduate students involved were sick and tired of receiving computer generated spam soliciting entries to what they felt were questionable academic conferences.
Jeremy Stribling, a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said yesterday that he and two fellow MIT graduate students questioned the standards of some academic conferences, so they wrote a computer program to generate research papers complete with nonsensical text, charts and diagrams.
Scientific conference spams ?? – you better beleive it – I keep receiveing about 2-3 such invitations every week to Biotech related conferences. Read more about it here.