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Human Culture Influences Gene Evolution

Yeah, no wonder we are always trailing in Info Sec when it comes to defending against the known and unknown.

Gene’s makeup is rapidly changing as our cultures and contexts become more intertwined and complex.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/02/science/02evo.html?em=&pagewanted;=print

Source: NYTimes.com
Excerpt:
Although it does shield people from other forces, culture itself seems to be a powerful force of natural selection. People adapt genetically to sustained cultural changes, like new diets. And this interaction works more quickly than other selective forces, “leading some practitioners to argue that gene-culture co-evolution could be the dominant mode of human evolution,” Kevin N. Laland and colleagues wrote in the February issue of Nature Reviews Genetics. Dr. Laland is an evolutionary biologist at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland

Alot of Nothing But Noise

So, Facebook gets a patent for streaming a news feed…  hmmm…

http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/02/26/facebook.patent/index.html?hpt=T2

not long ago, a major internet retailer i used to work for got one for the one-click purchasing process… as I remember it, the patent was only enforced when obviously abusive domain owners extended their reach of use of rights.  essentially, I don’t think FB will want to deal with the reputation-loss and the legal costs of essentially enforcing a flakey patent that reflects the very natural evolution of how people consume information these days, in the chaotic setting that is the web.

We continue to grow this beast that is the social web!

Watch Them P2P Ports

the FTC is warning companies to take steps to control use of P2P behind the firewall

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/afp/100222/usa/us_it_computer_security_internet_ftc_1