osewalrus (osewalrus) wrote,
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Google as the Toxoplasma Gondii of the Wireless World

For those unfamiliar with it, Toxoplasma Gindii (or T. Gondii to its friends and lazy writers like me) is a parasitic protozoa with a complicated sex life. In its immature form, it can live happily in any mammal. But to breed, it needs to be inside a cat.

Turns out the best way to get inside a cat is to be eaten by one. That means residing in a mammal that gets regularly eaten by cats. e.g. mice. The problem is that mice have developed an avoidance system to cats. When mice smell cat urine or other cat smells, they feel fear and avoid the source.

T. Gondii that crafty little protozoa, works some kind of magic on the mouse that gives the mouse the opposite reaction. Instead of becoming afraid and avoiding the cat, it will become attracted to the smell and seek out the cat. It will become bolder, and instead of hiding when it sees the car, it will leap out and defy the cat. Contrary to many an amusing folk tale, the cat is not in the least impressed or concerned by this behavior and gobbles down the the mouse, thus ingesting the T. Gondii as the parasite intended. While this may seem an awfully large effort on the part of the protozoa to get laid, it does seem to be effective -- from the protozoan's perspective.

As I explain in this most recent professional blog post: http://www.wetmachine.com/totsf/item/951, I expect Google to do to the wireless industry what T. Gondii does to mice. Totally alter their behavior in order to make sure that Google gets what it wants. And, like T. Gondii, Google really doesn't care if the wireless careers get eaten in the process. I mean, nothing personal guys. But if your getting eaten is the cost of Google's reproducing, then so it goes.....
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