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Prevent Gmail From Emailing Under the Influence

kdawson posted more than 5 years ago | from the chili-meter-with-brains dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 258

mikesd81 writes "Google has developed 'Mail Goggles,' a Gmail add-on that makes sending email from Gmail more difficult during certain times (which you can set). If you have Mail Goggles installed, it will force you to answer a series of math questions before sending out any new messages. You can adjust the math difficulty and times this option is in effect. If you get any of the questions wrong, Mail Goggles will say, 'Water and bed for you. Or try again.' Of course, if you set the math settings too high, you may have a tough time solving some of those problems in under 60 seconds, even when sober. Then again, if you're sober, you could just turn Mail Goggles off and hit send on that impassioned letter to your ex-boyfriend/girlfriend or that flame to your boss."

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hurp (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25295891)

beeeeer

Re:hurp (5, Funny)

Laser_iCE (1125271) | more than 5 years ago | (#25295987)

This sounds familiar... "You are trying to send an email, Allow/Deny" But when you "geekify" it (add some maths), it makes it acceptable. Maybe if this is popular enough, we'll see it in the next version of Windows? Can't wait!

Re:hurp (2)

aussie_a (778472) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296097)

1) This would only be comparable if Allow/Deny happened at times when you're likely to be drunk.
2) Even a drunk person can hit Allow if given enough time.

Re:hurp (1)

Pinckney (1098477) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296207)

This sounds familiar... "You are trying to send an email, Allow/Deny" But when you "geekify" it (add some maths), it makes it acceptable. Maybe if this is popular enough, we'll see it in the next version of Windows? Can't wait!

By "geekifying" it, you stop people from clicking "OK" reflexively. Isn't that where UAC fails?

Insensitive! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25295901)

I can't do math unless I'd drunk, you insensitive clod!

Re:Insensitive! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25295923)

Can't type unless you'd drunk either, eh?

Re:Insensitive! (4, Funny)

ceoyoyo (59147) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296095)

All that drinking in high school. You should have known. Didn't you ever hear that you can teach goldfish tricks when they're drunk, but they can only remember them when drunk?

Re:Insensitive! (2, Interesting)

Klucki (1334075) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296691)

Actually I'm pretty sure that works better when you're drunk...

Re:Insensitive! (5, Funny)

sznupi (719324) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296403)

Reminds me about one exam in Uni, which, interestingly, ended up sort of like that...some heavy math exam next day, heavy drinking party developed in front of my room (it was in a good place for such things, end of the corridor with sofa/etc.). Though they realised I'm learning when trying to get me out of the room, so kept quiet. Nonetheless, somebody managed to get me out "just one shot" (of vodka, might I add). And we all know how such things end...

Interestingly, even though I was basically late few minutes, no math exam before and after was passed by me so flawlessly...

Re:Insensitive! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25296783)

no math exam before and after was passed by me so flawlessly...

Next, try drinking without using meth all night, you tweeker [kci.org] .

Not just a funny (1, Funny)

EmbeddedJanitor (597831) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296501)

I wrote my best LISP programs when I was so smashed I could hardly operate a keyboard. And yes, they ran fine in the morning too!

But that's LISP for you. Perhaps getting drunk helped shut down the C side of my brain or something....

Dems aint fiscally responsible damnit! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25296577)

And don't forget that Biden is against Net Neutrality too!

Do Obama and the Democrats deserve a lift in the polls as a result of the financial and mortgage problems? The answer from history is a clear NO. Here's the lead of a New York Times story on September 30, 1999:

"Fannie Mae Eases Credit To Aid Mortgage Lending" [link below]. That's 1999 folks. Clinton Administration, I believe.

Here's the lead of a New York Times story on Sept. 11, 2003:

"The Bush administration today recommended the most significant regulatory overhaul in the housing finance industry since the savings and loan crisis a decade ago. "[see link below] The Democrats killed the reforms.

McCain said in co-sponsoring the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005, S. 190:

"If Congress does not act, American taxpayers will continue to be exposed to the enormous risk that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pose to the housing market, the overall financial system and the economy as a whole. The Democrats killed the Bill.

What was Barney Frank and fellow Democrats saying at the time of these attempted reforms? According to reports, Representative Barney Frank(D-MA) claimed of the thrifts :

"These two entities -- Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac -- are not facing any kind of financial crisis, the more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing."

Representative Mel Watt (D-NC) added of the reforms "I don't see much other than a shell game going on here, moving something from one agency to another and in the process weakening the bargaining power of poorer families and their ability to get affordable housing." [ See Community Reinvestment Act, link below ]

Even Bill Clinton points to Congressional Democrats failure to deal with Fannie and Freddie as a primary cause.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsynspIqAoE [youtube.com] [youtube.com]

The link below contains a purported list of the top 25 in Congress who got contributions from the folks at Fannie and Freddie. Obama is listed third, after Dodd and Kerry, even though Obama is just a junior Senator. Obama is followed next by Clinton. Barney Frank and Nancy Pelosi are on the list as well.

http://www.investors.com/editorial/IBDArticles.asp?artsec=16&artnum=1&issue=20080918 [investors.com] [investors.com]

Then there is the Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher J. Dodd who allegedly got special mortgage deals from Countrywide, who gave preferential rates to 'friends' of company's chairman.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25140560/ [msn.com] [msn.com]

For an interesting article purporting to detail the House Financial Services Committee Chairs long history with Fannie Mae, See:
http://www.businessandmedia.org/printer/2008/20080924145932.aspx [businessandmedia.org] [businessandmedia.org]

"House Financial Services Committee Chair promoted GSEs while former 'spouse' was Fannie Mae executive."

The link below describes how some in Congress tried to use the original version of the bailout bill to divert money eventually recovered to groups like ACORN, a group Obama has a long association with. See:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122247015469280723.html?mod=googlenews_wsj [wsj.com] [wsj.com]

And then there is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who allegedly has directed nearly $100,000 from her political action committee to her husband's real estate and investment firm.

http://www.washtimes.com/news/2008/oct/01/pelosis-pac-pays-bills-for-spouses-firm [washtimes.com] [washtimes.com].

See also:
http://www.investors.com/editorial/IBDArticles.asp?artsec=16&artnum=1&issue=20080918 [investors.com] [investors.com]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community_Reinvestment_Act [wikipedia.org] [wikipedia.org]

http://article.nationalreview.com/print/?q=M2QwNDhkZTg2OGYzZjkzM2E2NDEwM2U5OGVkNTc0YzU= [nationalreview.com] [nationalreview.com]

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E06E3D6123BF932A2575AC0A9659C8B63 [nytimes.com] [nytimes.com]

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C0DE7DB153EF933A0575AC0A96F958260 [nytimes.com] [nytimes.com]

http://www.businessandmedia.org/printer/2008/20080924145932.aspx [businessandmedia.org] [businessandmedia.org]

http://www.investors.com/editorial/IBDArticles.asp?artsec=16&artnum=1&issue=20080926 [investors.com] [investors.com]

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122247015469280723.html?mod=googlenews_wsj [wsj.com] [wsj.com]

Where is the article about Joe Bidens longstanding relationship with the credit card industry lobby? Is that what you call looking out for the middle class?

Mod parent down, then vote Obama! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25296617)

You must really hate America!

Mod parent down, then vote McCain! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25296859)

Mod this up and the parent down, or you're a terrorist. And don't forget to vote McCain at the election!

To all those un-American, atheist Obama voters: I'll be paying y'all a visit. In my Hummer, with a rack-o-shotguns in the back, and the Bible on my side! God hates Obama voters! Obama voters make God angry, so he heaps vengeance upon thee, and shit.

slashdot needs this (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25295911)

im so wasted right now

If Only Slashdot had it... (5, Funny)

Spy der Mann (805235) | more than 5 years ago | (#25295913)

mods would have more free time. Oh, wait...

Re:If Only Slashdot had it... (4, Funny)

Idiomatick (976696) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296001)

Informative?? I think the mods need it too....

Re:If Only Slashdot had it... (3, Funny)

aslvrstn (1047588) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296269)

Being one of the mods who accidentally modded 'informative' instead of 'funny', I wholeheartedly agree. "You're about to make an ass of yourself, what's $\int_1^9x$". Thanks, Slashdot!

No substitute for self control (3, Insightful)

syousef (465911) | more than 5 years ago | (#25295917)

All this means is that people will phone or sms or worse, show up drunk on their ex's door more often (perhaps even drive there). Sure it's a lot easier to send a drunken email than go see someone in person so that'll stop some of it but the reality is if you're a serial drunk, you need to get some help. Nothing else is going to fix it.

I've never understood why Western society (and others) glorify the pissup.

Re:No substitute for self control (5, Funny)

mevets (322601) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296057)

Mod -1, Buzzkill.

Re:No substitute for self control (4, Insightful)

aussie_a (778472) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296105)

I've never understood why Western society (and others) glorify the pissup.

Agreed. Then again many here glorify taking drugs.

Re:No substitute for self control (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25296163)

Poof

--
aussie b

Re:No substitute for self control (5, Funny)

Whiney Mac Fanboy (963289) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296471)

Agreed. Then again many here glorify taking drugs.

That's because taking drugs is glorious!

Re:No substitute for self control (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25296713)

I'm tripping balls! And its GLORIOUS!

Re:No substitute for self control (1)

Screaming Cactus (1230848) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296391)

And I was just thinking how useful this would be on my phone... although it would probably just cause me to end up with more broken phones, which may or may not be worse, depending on who I'm trying to drunk dial.

Re:No substitute for self control (1)

nyctopterus (717502) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296739)

I've never understood why Western society (and others) glorify the pissup.

That's 'cos you're a square. Like a cube, man!

Re:No substitute for self control (2, Funny)

syousef (465911) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296771)

That's 'cos you're a square. Like a cube, man!

I'll take square over sloshed any day. I don't enjoy the taste of alcohol. In fact I don't enjoy a thing about it. There are plenty of things I do enjoy. Like the irony of a bloke who calls a slashdotter a square.

Awesome! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25295927)

I think I'll turn this on... Not that I drink.

Breathalizer (1)

DrMrLordX (559371) | more than 5 years ago | (#25295943)

I can see this being more useful by being integrated with a USB breathalyzer peripheral. Does such a thing exist? Hmmmm . . . [wordpress.com]

Re:Breathalizer (oops, Breathalyzer) (1)

DrMrLordX (559371) | more than 5 years ago | (#25295949)

Subject line says it all. That's what I get for half-assed spellchecking.

amazing (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25295945)

Do Obama and the Democrats deserve a lift in the polls as a result of the financial and mortgage problems? The answer from history is a clear NO. Here's the lead of a New York Times story on September 30, 1999:

"Fannie Mae Eases Credit To Aid Mortgage Lending" [link below]. That's 1999 folks. Clinton Administration, I believe.

Here's the lead of a New York Times story on Sept. 11, 2003:

"The Bush administration today recommended the most significant regulatory overhaul in the housing finance industry since the savings and loan crisis a decade ago. "[see link below] The Democrats killed the reforms.

McCain said in co-sponsoring the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005, S. 190:

"If Congress does not act, American taxpayers will continue to be exposed to the enormous risk that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pose to the housing market, the overall financial system and the economy as a whole. The Democrats killed the Bill.

What was Barney Frank and fellow Democrats saying at the time of these attempted reforms? According to reports, Representative Barney Frank(D-MA) claimed of the thrifts :

"These two entities -- Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac -- are not facing any kind of financial crisis, the more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing."

Representative Mel Watt (D-NC) added of the reforms "I don't see much other than a shell game going on here, moving something from one agency to another and in the process weakening the bargaining power of poorer families and their ability to get affordable housing." [ See Community Reinvestment Act, link below ]

Even Bill Clinton points to Congressional Democrats failure to deal with Fannie and Freddie as a primary cause.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsynspIqAoE [youtube.com]

The link below contains a purported list of the top 25 in Congress who got contributions from the folks at Fannie and Freddie. Obama is listed third, after Dodd and Kerry, even though Obama is just a junior Senator. Obama is followed next by Clinton. Barney Frank and Nancy Pelosi are on the list as well.

http://www.investors.com/editorial/IBDArticles.asp?artsec=16&artnum=1&issue=20080918 [investors.com]

Then there is the Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher J. Dodd who allegedly got special mortgage deals from Countrywide, who gave preferential rates to 'friends' of company's chairman.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25140560/ [msn.com]

For an interesting article purporting to detail the House Financial Services Committee Chairs long history with Fannie Mae, See:
http://www.businessandmedia.org/printer/2008/20080924145932.aspx [businessandmedia.org]

"House Financial Services Committee Chair promoted GSEs while former 'spouse' was Fannie Mae executive."

The link below describes how some in Congress tried to use the original version of the bailout bill to divert money eventually recovered to groups like ACORN, a group Obama has a long association with. See:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122247015469280723.html?mod=googlenews_wsj [wsj.com]

And then there is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who allegedly has directed nearly $100,000 from her political action committee to her husband's real estate and investment firm.

http://www.washtimes.com/news/2008/oct/01/pelosis-pac-pays-bills-for-spouses-firm [washtimes.com] .

See also:
http://www.investors.com/editorial/IBDArticles.asp?artsec=16&artnum=1&issue=20080918 [investors.com]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community_Reinvestment_Act [wikipedia.org]

http://article.nationalreview.com/print/?q=M2QwNDhkZTg2OGYzZjkzM2E2NDEwM2U5OGVkNTc0YzU= [nationalreview.com]

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E06E3D6123BF932A2575AC0A9659C8B63 [nytimes.com]

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C0DE7DB153EF933A0575AC0A96F958260 [nytimes.com]

http://www.businessandmedia.org/printer/2008/20080924145932.aspx [businessandmedia.org]

http://www.investors.com/editorial/IBDArticles.asp?artsec=16&artnum=1&issue=20080926 [investors.com]

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122247015469280723.html?mod=googlenews_wsj [wsj.com]

Where is the article about Joe Bidens longstanding relationship with the credit card industry lobby? Is that what you call looking out for the middle class?

Mod parent drunk! (3, Funny)

Spy der Mann (805235) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296013)

Do Obama and the Democrats deserve a lift in the polls...

Perhaps the best use for such a measure here on Slashdot would be preventing posting from another story! [slashdot.org] ;-)

Millennium Prize (1)

wiredlogic (135348) | more than 5 years ago | (#25295955)

We might as well apply the monkey-typewriter theorem and have the hardest setting require a successful proof of a Millennium Prize [wikipedia.org] problem.

Just tried it. (4, Informative)

Pinckney (1098477) | more than 5 years ago | (#25295961)

The difficulty is sort of disappointing. Even on the hardest setting, it asked, for example, 9x10 and 9x4.

Re:Just tried it. (3, Insightful)

RuBLed (995686) | more than 5 years ago | (#25295981)

Have you tried it while drunk?

Re:Just tried it. (0)

xous (1009057) | more than 5 years ago | (#25295989)

Questions like that wouldn't stop me when I'm drunk.

I've been called into work to fix a down server pissed drunk and it didn't cause any problems.

Re:Just tried it. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25296091)

Check your font server. I believe its busted.

Re:Just tried it. (1)

Mgccl (1380697) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296007)

Right. I can do it in less than 20 seconds in the hardest setting. Need something even harder, but not too hard. I would like it to ask me 5 AMC level questions. The questions getting harder to AIME level if I got the easy question wrong.

Re:Just tried it. (4, Funny)

chord.wav (599850) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296113)

90 and 46, and I'm currently drunk. Didn't take the time though

Re:Just tried it. (4, Funny)

no reason to be here (218628) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296179)

Uhh...9x4=36, not 46.

Apparently, it does work, assuming you're telling the truth about being drunk, and aren't just bad at math.

Re:Just tried it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25296237)

The difficulty is sort of disappointing. Even on the hardest setting, it asked, for example, 9x10 and 9x4.

What? What are they on the easiest then? 3 + 2? I would have hoped atleast quadratic equations and such...

Then again, I could get those 9x10 and 9x4 wrong. I haven't counted those since the first few years of school anyways...

Re:Just tried it. (1)

epiteo (1229176) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296331)

Yes, that is disappointing, it should have asked 0x10 and 0x4 with the correct answer being 20.

Re:Just tried it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25296359)

Or better yet, 10/0 or 4/0. If you have an answer for that, you must be drunk!

Re:Just tried it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25296429)

There are 10 kinds of people in the world:
Those who understand that joke, and those who don't.

...I know it's hex not binary, but I've been itching to use that line again for a while...plus I'm betting if you understand hex, binary's probably a given.

If only (4, Interesting)

jaxtherat (1165473) | more than 5 years ago | (#25295969)

They had this for mobile phones :/

*me waits for google android*

Re:If only (1)

D Ninja (825055) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296145)

Already exists. [gizmodo.com]

Drunk Dialing (1)

ycz6 (1378517) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296167)

That's right. [mobilemag.com] Apparently it also looks like a sports car and serves as a remote control. Pretty sweet.

Those pictures are rather sketchy, though.

Re:If only (2, Informative)

palndrumm (416336) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296223)

Virgin Mobile in Australia offers a similar service [virginmobile.com.au] - call them up and they'll blacklist all calls to a given number from your phone until 6am the following morning.

Re:If only (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25296235)

No 911, no calling a cab, no calling a friend for a ride,,,

Restrict by number or group perhaps?

Very useful .... (4, Funny)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 5 years ago | (#25295975)

I'd probably be in contact with more people from college and a few exes if I'd had that 10 years ago. ;-)

Cheers

Re:Very useful .... (5, Funny)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296185)

I'd probably be in contact with more people from college and a few exes if I'd had that 10 years ago. ;-)

Why did you have to drag Windows into this discussion? Is this some corollary of Godwin's law that I am unaware of?

The homemade version (1, Funny)

clang_jangle (975789) | more than 5 years ago | (#25295979)

For those of us who use mutt with gmail: Just install twenty or so different editors and then set up a script so mutt will chose a random editor each time you start it. Leave ee, ed, nano, and pico plus your usual editor out of the script. That might work, if you really need this service. At least for a few days, at which point you've learned every editor. Then I guess you're back to square one.

Re:The homemade version (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25296243)

a few days for a drunk guy to learn vi or emacs? sure you haven't had a few too many yourself?

and google helps you solve them (5, Insightful)

NiteMair (309303) | more than 5 years ago | (#25295983)

If you're not sober enough to do the math, perhaps you're sober enough to copy/paste them into google so it can give you the answers ;)

Re:and google helps you solve them (0, Redundant)

Rhapsody Scarlet (1139063) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296085)

If you're not sober enough to do the math, perhaps you're sober enough to copy/paste them into google so it can give you the answers ;)

I'd be more inclined to use the operating system's own calculator (SpeedCrunch in my case) rather than asking some other computer hundreds or even thousands of miles away to do it and send the results when it's done. Aside from the inherent unreliability with internet connections, why the fuck would I delegate simple math questions to an external source when I've got a Core 2 Duo idling right here? Even my 486DX2/66 from twelve years ago wouldn't be taxed by questions these simple.

Re:and google helps you solve them (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25296333)

Because your calculator can't do this [google.com] .

Re:and google helps you solve them (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25296397)

Aside from the inherent unreliability with internet connections

Good point! With this method, if your internet goes down you wouldn't be able to finish the math problem required to send an email message via your web-based email service.

Wait for it...

Re:and google helps you solve them (0)

seaturnip (1068078) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296407)

Why would I open some other application four or five clicks away when I have a Googling box right in the top left corner of my Firefox?

Re:and google helps you solve them (1)

Phyrexicaid (1176935) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296609)

Because KDE has katapult? Alt+Space and you can start typing in equations which are solved, launch applications, find documents etc.

Re:and google helps you solve them (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296459)

486?! Babbage analytical engine wouldn't be taxed by those questions...

hey baby (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25296027)

I miss you so much. Your so god damn sexy and I need you. I'm getting naked and I'm going to wait for you to come over.

If you make owning a gun a crime... (5, Funny)

nick_davison (217681) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296033)

I'm reminded of the old saying, "If you make owning a gun a crime, only criminals will own guns."

If you hide drunk mailing behind math problems, only Engineers will drunk mail.

*shudders*

Re:If you make owning a gun a crime... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25296133)

Are you kidding me? Have you seen the approximations engineers use? I can only imagine how much worse that would be drunk....

24+3? That's approximately 24, I guess.

Mathematicians are screwed, too, since they lose arithmetic abilities.

I guess we're just really worried about 5th graders drunk emailing.... Won't somebody think of the children?

Re:If you make owning a gun a crime... (2, Funny)

SL Baur (19540) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296879)

24+3? That's approximately 24, I guess.

Actually, it's 10 as an order of magnitude calculation. Of course I'm drunk right now, so I could be off a bit.

Re:If you make owning a gun a crime... (1)

oldhack (1037484) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296447)

I feel drunk just reading your post. Go ahead, ask me a math question.

stop the discrimination! (5, Funny)

martin-boundary (547041) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296053)

If you have Mail Goggles installed, it will force you to answer a series of math questions before sending out any new messages.

But what if you're a mathematician? There really should be some option to replace it with sports questions.

Re:stop the discrimination! (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25296283)

What about a mix?

Batter A was 1 for 3 with a walk in the 7th. What is his OBP?

Re:stop the discrimination! (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25296367)

But what if you're a mathematician? There really should be some option to replace it with sports questions.

There's a difficulty level. Presumably, mathematicians can crank it to 10 and get questions like "For a^n + b^n = c^n and n > 2, show that there are no solutions for a, b and c. (Show your working in this margin.)"

Re:stop the discrimination! (3, Informative)

physicsphairy (720718) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296531)

Mathematicians are somewhere between drunk lemurs and 7th grade drop outs when it comes to basic arithmetic. They can do complex partial differential equations and algebraic topology without any problems, sure. But the problem with a column of numbers is that they tend to add up to a reasonable sum even if you forget a few, and being a computational monster doesn't necessarily dispel absent-mindedness. If you ever attend higher level math/physics courses you will learn that the last step of solving any problem is to go back and fix all the coefficients. :p

POP/IMAP (1)

postmortem (906676) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296079)

I would think most (or at least) some of geeks are using POP or IMAP access for GMail, that eliminates need to even visit gmail.com, hence the tool doesn't make a difference.

Imagine... (4, Funny)

hyades1 (1149581) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296089)

All that effort solving the math problems on time, just to type "You're a dick" and stagger off to bed.

frist! (5, Funny)

8ball629 (963244) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296093)

i ws gingo to ber the first psot but i cna't fnd het buottosn :(

THE LAWS OF THE NAVY (4, Funny)

F34nor (321515) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296111)

Dost think in a moment of anger
'Tis well with thy seniors to fight?
They prosper, who burn in the morning,
The letters they wrote overnight.

Not going to work for me. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25296117)

I used to do the most difficult math proofs while drunk, just to mess with the other math majors heads. Its actually easier in a way. If I know it sober, I know it drunk. They should just scan the email for references to your mom jokes. If it doesn't have one, I'm probably drunk and forgot to include it.

SMTP - CMTP ? (5, Funny)

fortapocalypse (1231686) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296159)

Complex Mail Transfer Protocol - coming soon!

Turn it off (3, Insightful)

francisstp (1137345) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296175)

I'm sure they thought this through and also require answering a math question for turning the app off?

Uber Smart Google Employees (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25296219)

Does it harm World intellectuality having Uber Smart Google Employees spend their time on more usable stuff instead of this brain dead add-ons? Some psychologist should make a research at collaborative IQ decline of 'uber smart' people getting together at Googleplex. May I ask if those candies and comfortable cushions worth your brain cells?

Typo? (4, Funny)

chris_sawtell (10326) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296239)

Isn't that supposed to read as: Google Giggles?

I wonder... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25296247)

Did Google take the Ballmer Peak into account?

Been there, done that (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25296249)

Reminds me of this:
http://www.virginmobile.com.au/services/duti.html

Turn it off only when sober? (1)

NovaHorizon (1300173) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296251)

I don't know about anyone else.. but I'm a pro at turning settings off when drunk...

Re:Turn it off only when sober? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25296373)

Like the time I disabled the "Use Condom" setting. Man that was itchy...

Coyote ugly e-mail (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25296289)

Is that where you wake up to an e-mail so ugly you chew the mouse off?

A nice pastime (1)

argiedot (1035754) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296311)

Knowing fellow slashdotters, they'll probably turn it on just to get random math problems to solve. At least I would.

This would have been helpful (1)

uvajed_ekil (914487) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296361)

...yesterday, before I gmailed my boss after a few bowls of loud-mouth soup following a bad day at the office!

Better suggestions (4, Informative)

uvajed_ekil (914487) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296425)

1. /. goggles.

2. e-Bay goggles.

2. Keep your computer in a cabinet or room with a combination lock. (Ever try to open one o' those babies after too many cups of liquid courage?)

3. AOL. (Your email will probably get lost anyway.)

4. Use an email address like v1agera694Ucheap@gmail.com or r0llexxBargains@gmail.com. (Your message will be flagged as spam and never read anyway.)

5. Don't email after more than two drinks. Ever, no matter how innocuous your message may seem.

6. Don't drink more than you can handle, especially on a regular enough basis to need something like this, you moron.

Drunken Captcha (1)

lobiusmoop (305328) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296491)

This seems to me like a drunken captcha. I expect a new outsourced market to develop - dictating email messages (while hammered) to armies of third-world operators to put in on your behalf to get round this.

the goggles... (1)

geekstarr (1112945) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296511)

all this and no goggle jokes?!?

I've planned on making my house do this (5, Funny)

harlows_monkeys (106428) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296523)

For a long time, my plan has been to build something like this into my house. When I want to adjust my thermostat, for example, I want the house to give me a quick little test to see if I'm mentally alert. Regardless of the outcome, the house would then let me adjust the thermostat.

However, it would remember the results. And if it determines over a long period (say, a couple months), that I'm suffering significant mental degradation, to the point where I'm likely to not be able to take care of myself, the house will wait until I'm sound asleep one night (which it can determine by monitoring my temperature with infrared sensors, and listening to my respiration, for example), and then do something to kill me in my sleep (gas, probably).

When the house is sure that I'm dead (no breathing for a long time, and body temperature down to ambient room temperature), it will then call the coroner's office to report my death.

Probably not a good idea (3, Funny)

Chuck Chunder (21021) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296603)

With the end of year approaching it's reasonably likely that the frequency and severity of alcohol consumption will steadily increase for the next few months.

Your house might interpret your state as a physical and mental decline rather than a mere seasonal variation and bump you off early on the first of January.

Of course when you wake up with that hang over you might wish it had, however it's only a short term feeling and you'll forget about it in time, certainly by the following New Years Day.

Perhaps they could just delay sending (1)

Keramos (1263560) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296527)

How about simply having an I'm-going-drinking mode that you can't turn off for x many hours, that keeps your outgoing mails in an outbox for review for y hours. Emails in the outbox could be deleted or edited before the delay finishes, and maybe you could have a setting to keep-and-send-only-after-approval to stop anything sent going out at all until you've (hopefully) sobered up and checked it for "what-the-heck-was-I-thinking?".

Re:Perhaps they could just delay sending (1)

SL Baur (19540) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296917)

How about simply having an I'm-going-drinking mode that you can't turn off for x many hours, that keeps your outgoing mails in an outbox for review for y hours.

The effects of something like that would end Web 2.0. The End Of The World As We Know It. *shudders*

Will it work? (1)

mlush (620447) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296583)

no [google.com]

Hey how convenriyent (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25296651)

Justin the kicn of tmei!

I wish they had this on.. (2, Funny)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296659)

I wish they had this on Sloshhhhhdot. (my boss is an idiot)

Please ignore the last post (5, Funny)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296673)

Please ignore the last post. I really, really didn't mean it. I'm so sorry that I wrote that about my boss. So sorry. He is a wonderful, wonderful person. I am crying into my beer thinking about how I could have written that. I really really love him............. zzzZZZZZZZ

How will it know when I am horny? (2, Funny)

Cur8or (1220818) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296785)

Just imagine how context sensitive the ads will be if they know you are drunk and horny!

A new application.. (1)

craagz (965952) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296789)

would be to enable it on all arithematic student gmail accounts all the time. Whenever they successfully send a mail they learn something.

SPAM (1)

neptune612 (851897) | more than 5 years ago | (#25296849)

Why not work on something more useful like spam filters!?!? Granted, drunk emailing is well... luckily I'm a guy and not prone to getting drunk emails from women, regardless, spam is a bigger problem than ebc's! I get more spam in my gmail box than I do in my hotmail box... hehe hehe hehe I said box! It all started with me stupidly giving my gmail address to a computer moron, but I would expect better spam filters from an intelligent computer giant like Google.
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