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Submission + - Get with the times: You're driving all wrong! (

antdude writes: "This MSNBC Bottom Line story/article says that "most driving guidelines — including those now issued by AAA and most state transportation agencies — now say you should lightly grip the wheel at the 9 and 3 o'clock positions.

If you're a conscientious motorist who still does everything the way your driver's-ed instructor told you to, you're doing it all wrong. For decades, the standard instruction was that drivers should hold the steering wheel at the 10 and 2 positions, as envisioned on a clock. This, it turns out, is no longer the case. In fact, driving that way could cost you your arms or hands in particularly gruesome ways if your airbag deploys.

Instead AAA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and many driving instructors now say you should grip the wheel at 9 and 3 o'clock. A few go even further, suggesting 8 and 4 to avoid the airbag mechanism as much as possible, but what formal research has been published on the varieties of hand positions suggests that this may lessen your control of the car..."

Seen on Neatorama."


Submission + - Tech 'firsts' that made a President's day. (

antdude writes: NetworkWorld has a nineteen (19) pages (20th doesn't count) slideshow showing technologies/techs. of "Commanders in cutting edge — From the first presidential steamboat ride to the introduction of electricity in the White House to Obama's famous BlackBerry, our nation's commanders in chief have always enjoyed the privilege of being exposed to technology's cutting edge — even if they haven't always embraced the opportunities.

So in honor of Monday's celebration of Presidents' Day in United States/U.S., here's a look at some of the more notable – and controversial — presidential first encounters with the leading technologies of their days..."

Social Networks

Submission + - Study: Ages of social network users. (

Ant writes: "Royal Pingdom has age statistics for nineteen/19 different social network sites (Facebook, /., Digg, etc.) and crunched the numbers (note: to get consistent age data for the various sites we used site demographics information for the United States/U.S. gathered from Google's Ad Planner service and then did some additional calculations to get all the data we needed).

Seen on Neatorama."

e-credibility: the non-guaranteeable likelihood that the electronic data you're seeing is genuine rather than somebody's made-up crap. - Karl Lehenbauer