>You+Canadian Club+Computer = No

>Now here’s an interesting idea.

Google has added an experimental feature to Gmail that’s designed to try to stop you from sending drunken messages to people you really shouldn’t be sending drunken messages to. It’s calledMail Goggles,and it works likethis.

When enabled, Mail Goggles kicks in at the time you specify (default is between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday), and throws five math problems up on the screen when you press “send.” You have a limited period of time to solve them. If you can answer the questions, presumably you’re of mind sound enough to tell off your boss, or pour your heart out to your ex-lover.

If you can solve simple math problems even when under the table, there’s an option to ramp up the difficulty of the questions, but sadly they remain in the arithmetic realm and don’t drift into interesting algebra or calculus.

To activate Mail Goggles, go into Gmail’s settings, and turn on Mail Goggles in the “Labs” tab. Then adjust how and when it works in the “General” tab.

All we need now is a system for those of us who don’t send most of our mail using a web interface, not to mention a system for text messages and one to make dialling the phone really, really hard. then again, if I’m any indication, maybe we don’t need that. That last bit is an inside joke for Carin, let’s see if she gets it.

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