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  1. We're in that special hell of rules controversies with the implementation of the new Rules of Golf. There have been some growing pains with the new rules, and that has allowed the golf media to tee off on its favorite target, the USGA. Which, to be fair, can make itself an easy target: https://www.golfdigest.com/story/despite-harsh-words-from-some-tour-pros-usga-pleased-with-roll-out-of-new-rules-of-golf. That aside, I wanted to talk about the "controversy" about the knee-height drop that the Rules now require. Rickie Fowler got a one stroke penalty for dropping from shoulder height this past weekend. Cue the complaining from him: https://golfweek.com/2019/02/22/rickie-fowler-hit-with-one-shot-penalty-for-illegal-drop-at-wgc-mexico-championship/ I can forgive him - he just had a brain fart, probably didn't gain an advantage in this situation, it cost him money. I'm always annoyed when I get a penalty, personally, and it's absolutely never my fault, okay? But cue the pearl clutching from the media: https://www.golf.com/news/2019/02/25/backstopping-pro-tours-under-policed/ I'm here to tell you that this is wrong, and knee-height drops actually make a ton of sense. One of the best things the new Rules do is simplify dropping. Now, all you have to do when dropping is land the ball in the relief area (without touching you or your equipment before hitting the ground) and ensure the ball comes to rest in the relief area. If you don't do this, you have to redrop. Pretty simple. Yes, you have to figure out what your relief area is, but that's pretty simple, too. (For a fuller explanation of this, see Rule 14 and the definitions in the Rules of Golf.) The old rules were much more complex. Specifically, if your ball rolled to one of 9 areas after you dropped it, you had to redrop. For example, if your ball rolled more than 2 club lengths away from where your ball hit the ground, you had to redrop. You had to know all of these 9 areas to know if you needed to redrop or not. So, the new way is simpler, right? Instead of learning 9 different triggers for a redrop, you only have to learn 1. Great! Why am I talking about when you have to redrop? This is why we're dropping from knee height. Generally, under the new Rules, your ball cannot go as far after hitting the ground as it used to without triggering a redrop. Dropping from knee height reduces the chance that a redrop will be necessary. It also means that a ball has less of a chance of embedding in sand when you drop it. It makes a ton of sense, really. Now, you might say, that's all fine, but why not allow dropping a ball from anywhere above knee height? I think you could easily game the rules to be able to place the ball when you really want to by simply dropping from shoulder height instead of knee height. Think about dropping on a side slope, for example. You're much more likely to have to redrop and place if you drop the ball from a higher point. Sure, this is rare, but why take the chance? We're all on the same page, right? Knee-height drops make a lot of sense. (If you want to know more about the changes to dropping, this is an excellent article that talks about this in a bit more detail: https://rulesgeeks.com/2018/12/30-days-of-2019-rules-changes-day-16-procedure-for-dropping-a-ball-in-playing-it-from-a-relief-area/) Now to the point of all of this: golf media, please take 5 minutes to understand the rule before issuing a HAWT TAKE about the rule. The USGA has a one page sheet that explains the rule: http://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/rules-hub/rules-modernization/major-changes/new-procedure-for-dropping-a-ball.html. You don't come off very well when you fail to read that. I know it's fun and easy to just mindlessly bash the USGA, but they do get things right. This is one of them. (Oh and by the way, the Rules are actually really good, as a whole. Maybe I'll talk about that in another post later.)
  2. I've been getting my MBP ready for upgrading from High Sierra to Mojave. Looked through System Information > Software > Applications, and found the 32-bit apps. I've deleted or upgraded them as needed, except for three stragglers (all from Apple): DVD player: My understanding is that Mojave will come with a new 64-bit DVD player (not that I need it very often). Correct? InkServer: Not sure how this is used or if I can just delete it, or if it will be updated by Apple with Mojave. Tried googling it, and not sure I found much helpful information. Delete now? Upgrade and see if it's still there, then ignore or delete? quicklookd32: Same as InkServer. What are you guys doing with these three?
  3. http://www.loopinsight.com/2018/01/24/on-homepod-and-audio-quality/ And: And: And: And: It's available for pre-order now, but I've not ordered one, largely because: I'm not sure how it handles multiple users. All three of us in our family have iPhones, Siri, AppleIDs, etc. I'm not sure how much I'd use it - I'm not often in the same room. We don't listen to a lot of music at home. I think it will sound phenomenal, in part based on what is up above, as well as the in-person stuff dating to last June.
  4. Man, the news of this has been blown way out of proportion, or in the wrong direction at least. Apple, for a little while now, has been slowing down iPhones when they demand peak performance from the battery when the battery is old. What used to happen is that your phone would unexpectedly quit/shut down, even though it still had 40% battery left or something. What happens now? Your phone stays running and performance is slowed a bit so that the battery can supply enough power to keep the device running. This is the opposite of planned obsolescence - it's making your phone last LONGER and be useful LONGER than a phone that quits and powers off ten times a day. My kid's iPhone is always two to three years old. She had this shutdown issue all the time. She hasn't had a shutdown in many many months, because of this feature. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/21/technology/iphone-battery-problem-slow.html https://daringfireball.net/2017/12/iphone_battery_throttling I saw even on the local news last night the way it was mentioned in a 15-second thing that it sounded "bad." It's quite the opposite.
  5. https://daringfireball.net/linked/2017/07/03/kuo-iphone-2017-touch-id Hmmmm. I agree with John: if TouchID is not there, the face scanning had better be just as good or better. And if the new phone is $1200+, I don't see myself buying it. Because, hell, I don't use my current phone anywhere near to its full capabilities.
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    One Device Book

    Bought this and am looking forward to reading it when it arrives. You know, on top of the other four books I'm actively reading… There's some kerfuffle over this about Phil Schiller, too. The Knives Come Out for Phil Schiller in Brian Merchant’s ‘The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone’
  7. Bit of live posting here while I watch… The opening thing was kinda dumb. I thought it was TJ Miller in the opening shot.
  8. iacas

    Apple v. FBI

    http://www.apple.com/customer-letter/ Thoughts? Basically, the FBI wants Apple to hack its own product (by creating a new version of iOS) and Apple is refusing to do so for reasons stated at the URL above. The iPhone (a 5C) belonged to one of the dead San Bernardino terrorists. I - along with the EFF and ACLU - support Apple in this and think that the FBI is once again reaching and attempting to use PR to set a precedent that will make it substantially easier to subvert privacy.
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