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Awake yet? (9)

Filed under: News,Technology — Erwin @ 9:16 am

Hey you! Yeah you, driving in your car with a phone glued to your ear, put it down or pull over! Even if you’re using a headset to reduce the distracting effects you can’t possibly tell me that you can concentrate 100% on traffic all around you if you’re also actually listening (and responding) to whoever is on the other side of the line.

As this article (Wired) says: Talk or Drive. Don’t do Both.

“You’d think using a hands-free phone would be less distracting, so it wouldn’t increase crash risk as much as using a hand-held phone. But we found that either phone type increased the risk,” said Anne McCartt, one of the study’s authors and the institute’s vice president for research.

Declan McCullagh gives a heads-up (Politech) that there’s a vote on today to take the expiration date out of the Patriot Act:

“The concern is not that the Patriot Act powers will be used against the terrorists; it is that the powers will start to be used in other areas of law enforcement. Prudence dictates that a check be retained on the Patriot Act powers to ensure constant review of their application,” Lilienthal said.

That’s all for now.

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