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The new Google tool  (Source: Google)
Google wants to help users think before drinking and e-mailing

Although it may be a lot of fun in the moment, drunken e-mailing can sometimes leave people in an embarrassing or harmful position.  

"Sometimes I send messages I shouldn't send," Google Gmail engineer Jon Perlow said in a blog. “Like the time I told that girl I had a crush on her over text message. Or the time I sent that late night email to my ex-girlfriend that we should get back together. Gmail can't always prevent you from sending messages you might later regret, but today we're launching a new Labs feature I wrote called Mail Goggles which may help."

To help alleviate this problem and maybe prevent you from emailing your ex, Google recently launched Mail Goggles, a new tool designed to force Gmail users to answer a few easy math problems before being able to send an e-mail.

Google set the service to default to start on Friday and Saturday evenings, but users have the ability to alter what days it operates, the level of math asked, and several other basic features.  Goggles can be found in the "settings" section, under the "labs" option

The math problems need to be answered correctly in a certain amount of time, or the email cannot be sent.

Even if it's not the most effective tool in the world, I still got a kick out of it.

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Just one problem...
By Hieyeck on 10/8/2008 8:30:03 AM , Rating: 3
The people who would benefit the most could do these problems drunk. No one drinks more than engineering, math, and comsci majors.

RE: Just one problem...
By FITCamaro on 10/8/2008 9:07:55 AM , Rating: 3
And many other people are incapable of answering those math questions sober without a calculator. Don't believe me? Go to a job fair for cashier's jobs at somewhere like Universal studios. When I was 16 and went and applied to work there, the majority of the people applying (both young and somewhat older) couldn't do their basic math test without cheating by using a calculator.

RE: Just one problem...
By danrien on 10/8/2008 10:28:05 AM , Rating: 2
guaranteed most of us would fire up a calculator if we were really hell bent on sending off angry emails to ex's

RE: Just one problem...
By amanojaku on 10/8/2008 1:12:22 PM , Rating: 2
That's why this game is unpopular. Crappy graphics don't help, either.

RE: Just one problem...
By ted61 on 10/8/2008 3:52:26 PM , Rating: 2
This seems like a challenge to see how drunk you have to be to fail. That will be one more of my hobbies to make my wife mad. I can hear me now "go get me a drink dear. I can't walk but I can still pass this damn test."

You can adjust the difficulty?
By on 10/8/2008 9:25:50 PM , Rating: 2
to send this email, answer this simple question:

The sum of the first and third of three consecutive even integers is 131 less than three times the second integer.

Find the three integers.

RE: You can adjust the difficulty?
By oTAL on 10/9/2008 11:31:54 AM , Rating: 2
That problem would be simple if it wasn't impossible.
Your obviously saying the middle number is 131, which is not even...

Let's do it slowly...
Three consecutive even integers can be represented by:
you state that: (x-2)+(x+2) = 3x - 131
which means 3x - 2x = 131 <=> x = 131
The solutions would be 129; 131; 133. The problem is these numbers are odd... and this is the only possible solution...

RE: You can adjust the difficulty?
By on 10/10/2008 2:02:31 AM , Rating: 2
well, ok, ill pay be honest i just googled "hard maths question" and was hit up with that :P

Sounds like Nurd chew toys to me
By phxfreddy on 10/8/2008 9:50:50 AM , Rating: 2 Fidol .... here boy...

What day is it?
By Mojo the Monkey on 10/8/2008 5:57:27 PM , Rating: 2
I thought it was no where near the first of April...

In all honesty, I'm extremely shocked that they would make this the default setting (per the article, haven't checked) for everyone. That's a bit more presumptuous/proactive than I would care for my e-mail provider to be in my affairs.

leave it to google
By reredrum on 10/8/2008 7:00:01 PM , Rating: 2
i really love google, but wth is this going to do to stop me from sending drunk emails? i can drink 12-15 beers and still do calculus! this also won't help me with the drunken txt msg's i constantly send. my advice would be stop drinking. which i won't do cus i'm in my mid 20's and i would like to continue parting it up as long as i can.

By twistedxkiss on 10/8/2008 8:03:51 PM , Rating: 2
For people with dyscalculia this would not only be a frustrating, but a major pain in the ass.

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