The New York Times has an article today about a new feature on Google's Gmail that is intended to provide a "sobriety checkpoint" on the infobahn, protecting against late-night drunken e-mailing:
The experimental program requires any user who enables the function to perform five simple math problems in 60 seconds before sending e-mails between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. on weekends. That time frame apparently corresponds to the gap between cocktail No. 1 and cocktail No. 4, when tapping out an e-mail message to an ex or a co-worker can seem like the equivalent of bungee jumping without a cord.
Oh, sure. Protect the e-mailers, why don't we?! What about the poor bloggers, who are easily at as great a risk? Doesn't Google want to protect us from ourselves? Unfeeling corporate twits.
(Those last three words are on three cups of coffee. Good thing I didn't write this at 10:03 last night; it would probably have ended up reading quite differently.)