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Google Labs Invents E-Mail Breathalyzer

While not a true breathalyzer, still quite amusing…

Here’s the scenario.  It’s been a long night of partying on Chippewa or in Allentown.  You’re not quite sure how you got home, but there you sit, all alone.  Suddenly, that proverbial light bulb illuminates above your head.  (Ok, more like flickers dimly.)  Now is a great time to get in touch with your ex and reconcile old differences!

Not so fast says Google Labs.  They’ve introduced a new optional feature for GMail called “Mail Goggles” to keep you from e-mailing while intoxicated.  Yes, really.

It’s functionality is simple.  First, you configure a schedule when you’re likely to be enjoying a few (too many) libations.  During these hours, you’re presented with a few math problems and a sixty second timer to come up with the answers before GMail will allow your mail to send.  The idea is if you’re in a right enough state of mind to answer their arithmetic quiz, then you can take responsibility for whatever happens after you’ve hit “Send.”  The question difficulty level is adjustable, depending on your math ability to start with, or just how well you want to protect yourself.

Of course, if you’re sober, you can probably remember how to turn the thing off anyway.  Note that it’s configured by default for 10PM-4AM.  Buffalonians might want to move that up to 6AM – to adjust for our locality’s service laws, and a trip to Jim’s Steakout.

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Kroeger appeals conviction

The lead singer of the rock band Nickelback has appealed his conviction on drunk driving charges, arguing a compulsory breathalyzer violated his rights.

The appeal, filed last month, argues the breathalyzer evidence should have been excluded from Chad Kroeger’s trial after the judge found the test was issued without “reasonable suspicion,” Kroeger’s lawyer, Marvin Stern, said.

Kroeger was found to have nearly double the legal limit of alcohol in his blood when he was pulled over for speeding in June 2006.

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