They can’t stop you from “drunk dialing,” but Google has launched a new service designed to protect people who get hammered and send crazy, drunken e-mails in the middle of the night, which needless to say is technology that could’ve bailed us out of more than a few jams in the past.
The program is called “Mail Goggles,” and it requires users to perform several basic mathematical problems (within sixty seconds) before they’re permitted to send e-mails between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m.
Unfortunately, this “jimmy hat” for your outbox is only available to Gmail users, but fortunately our founding editor has a Gmail account – which means we won’t be getting anymore crazy late night missives from him.
Not because he’s drunk, mind you (Sic kicked the bottle over two years ago), but because he’s utterly incapable of performing even the most basic addition and subtraction.
Anyway, critics of “Mail Goggles” say it won’t save you from yourself, but it’s nice to know that a private company is providing it as an option, rather than the government trying to force it down our throats.
It’s clearly our right as Americans to get schnockered and tell that chick who isn’t really hot (more like “office hot”) that we want to do the hibbity-dibbity with her in the worst possible way, but it’s also up to us to try and save ourselves in advance from those “sure … be right over” replies.