Veena and Dr.Venkat Arun went on a camping trip. After a good meal and a bottle of wine they lay down in their tent for the night, and went to sleep. Some hours later, Veena awoke and nudged his faithful friend awake "Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see." Venkat Arunreplied, "I see millions and millions of stars." "What does that tell you?" Veena questioned. Venkat Arun pondered for a minute. "Astronomically, it tells me that here are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Chronologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three. Theologically, I can see that God is all powerful an that we are small and insignificant. Metro logically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What does it tell you?" Veena was silent for a minute and then spoke. "Watson, you ass. Someone has stolen our tent!"
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Anyone who has spent more than a few minutes over the last couple of weeks trolling technology blogs or cocktail lounges has probably heard about Mail Goggles, a new feature on Google's G mail program that is intended to help stamp out a scourage that few knew existed: drunken e-mailing. the experimental program requires any user who enables the function to perform five simple maths problem 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 can seem like the equivalent of bungee jumping without a cord. Mail Goggles is not the first case of a technology developed to keep people from endangering themselves or others with the machinery of daily life after they have had a few. For years, judges have ordered drunken-driving offenders to install computerized breath-analyzers linked to their car's ignition system to prevent them from starting the vehicle when intoxicated. But as the first sobriety checkpoint on what used to be called the information superhighway, the Mail Goggles program raises a larger question: In an age when so much of routine communication is accomplished with our fingertips are we becoming so-tethered to our keyboards that we need the technological equivalent of trigger locks on firearms? In interview with people who confessed to imbibing and typing at the same time, sometimes with regrettable consequences, the answer seems to be yes.