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 I think that the real issue is that the CA farming areas that aren't really "farm friendly".  80% of CA's water goes to irrigation for agriculture. So even if every person cut their water usage by 50%, that's only a 10% reduction in total usage which isn't anywhere close to enough to help with the drought.  Until the CA legislature gets serious about taking on the farmers and reworking the water rights craziness we have, nothing is going to happen.  And yes, I know that...
 I don't think so at all.  I really don't want to carry my phone around the golf course - and where am I supposed to put my phone if it's raining?  Game golf requires that I tag something - but I think that's a good thing.  Adding shots w/ the web interface for the times I forget to tag seems a lot easier than removing shots that Arccos decided I hit just because I was moving the club around.  I'm really hoping that the competition between the devices forces both of them...
 Cool - I didn't realize the app would let you select the measurement sources to use.  I'll have to check that out.  I wonder how accurate the absolute Google maps coordinates are?  I found a few papers that did measurements in Africa and the Middle East and found ~1.5-3 m in Google maps but that may not be representative.
Here's my understanding:  most (if not all) phones use a fairly low precision GPS chip.  To get good GPS data, you one that get read wide area augmentation signals (good article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wide_Area_Augmentation_System).  SkyCaddie does this as well as read Japanese and European equivalents...
 Titleist Performance Institute did studies years ago showing the same thing for golf.  People using that technique gained more club head speed than those swinging a heavier club.  They had people swing a driver upside down (hold on the to head and swing it) so you don't even need to buy anything to practice that way.
I bought the Golfsmith regripping kit that has solvent, tape, knife, etc. and it works great.  Supplies are enough to do a lot of clubs.  I've regripped twice now and still seem to have most of the supplies left.  The kit isn't showing up on their web site anymore for some reason but I expect it's still in the stores.  Here's the link to what I got:   http://www.amazon.com/Golfsmith-Regripping-Supply-Kit/dp/B0012FHHGM
I was going to get AP2's to replace my 755's... then the RBZ Tour's came out and looked great so I was leaning towards those... then I hit the Callaway X-Hot Pro's and bought those instead.  In my opinion, the XHP's are more forgiving than both the AP's and RBZ Tour's, look just as nice, and feel great.  I did get KBS shafts put in as the stock one was too light for my taste.  I'd recommend giving the Callaways a try...
My problem w/ phone GPS is that's just not a very good GPS.  A dedicated golf GPS will use WAAS which gives it good accuracy pretty much everywhere in North America. My understanding is that there are no common cell phones out there that support WAAS.  A phone is using a combination of a fairly poor GPS receiver combined with measurements from cell towers.  If you have a good cell tower geometry, the phone will actually be better than just GPS - but it could be much...
Something to keep in mind:  NASA's budget (~$17 billion) is a tiny drop of the federal budget.  Check out:   http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/budget_gs.php   There have been studies that show the average American thinks NASA's budget is 25% of budget when it's actually something like 0.4%. The top 3 items in the table above (pensions, health care, defense) are all each roughly $800+ billion. A 1% cut in any of those items items could increase NASA's budget by...
I got a ship notice yesterday and I only ordered a week and a half ago so they must be moving through the pre-orders pretty quickly.  Tracking shows it's left China so I'll report back sometime next week w/ results.  I did notice there was an update to the android app today (no release notes that I could see).
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