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In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes

gstoddart Re:Nothing to do with hole size (222 comments)

How nice and romantic. It's a pity that joining a country club, paying the greens fees, and the expense of the clubs is the only possible way to do that.


You can buy used clubs for around $100.

You can play at a municipal/public course for around $20-$30. My annual membership at my course is less than $1000, and then all of my subsequent golf is free with no additional fees, which means if I play 50 times I'm at an incremental cost of $20/round, and if I play 100 times I'm down to $10/round.

Hell, the course I play at will sell you a pack of 10 plays for $200. So your $100 used clubs and your $200 book of plays is $300 for what for many people is an entire season of golf.

I play with guys who wear sneakers, cargo shorts, and t-shirts, and use 20 year old clubs and cheap recycled golf balls.

I like being around interesting people, not ones who just happen to be wealthy

There will always be golf courses where the people who play are wealthy.

And, equally, there will always be golf courses in which nobody is wealthy, nobody is pretentious, and everybody is much more blue collar in their tastes and sensibilities.

Many many golf courses aren't the old school "golf and country club", exclusivity is a non-existent thing, and while the greens may not be as smooth as glass and there aren't white gloved servers in the smoking lounge, people of all walks of life go and enjoy themselves, and whatever they think they want golf to be.

There are examples of golf being an expensive, snooty, and elitist. That is true of anything. It is also true that there are many many places where you can play which are none of those things.

And that is where you'll find most of the rest of the golfers. And the people at those courses tend to be friendly, down to earth, not overly stressed about their status or how badly you play.

It can be a game for the rich. But it has just as many examples where it's anything but.

You're taking one or two examples of golf, and extrapolating that to the entire realm of golf. And you're horribly wrong because you're generalizing about things you don't know enough about.

20 minutes ago

In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes

gstoddart Re:Nothing to do with hole size (222 comments)

I do get the recreation thing. I just don't get where golfing gets into the recreation thing.

Well, maybe that's more about you, and has nothing at all to do with golf.

Sorry, but hitting a ball and then spending the rest of the afternoon finding it again is not relaxing. It's somewhere between boring and frustrating, depending on how long it takes to find that little white thing again.

Quick, name me your 5 favorite leisure activities.

I bet at least 3 of them I will decree as boring, frustrating, or pointless.

And you know what? It doesn't matter. Because not everybody is the same, and don't always enjoy the same things. That you don't like it or can't understand why someone else would is meaningless. Much like if I said I don't see how you couldn't like golf would be equally stupid and meaningless.

Golf is frustrating when a terrible player thinks he's Tiger Woods and plays every shot, follows every rule, and takes forever looking for balls.

Most recreational golfers streamline their play a little, gloss over a couple of rules here and there, and generally do not subject themselves to the torture of trying to play the perfect round.

I don't spend time looking for lost balls. I just drop another one and get on with my life. Because, really, the extra stroke isn't something I care about, and I'm not playing in tournaments, or for money, or for anything other than enjoyment.

Even golfers accept the tongue-in-cheek line that golf is a good walk spoiled. But, if you're into it and don't stress too much about it, it doesn't need to be that badly spoiled.

It can be a game, or it can be a sport. Played as a game it's far less frustrating. And most of us will never have the skill to play it as a sport and adhere to every single arcane rule.

36 minutes ago

In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes

gstoddart Re:Nothing to do with hole size (222 comments)

This kind of proves the first poster's point. YOU cannot play at Augusta National as it is exclusively for the top 1% of the top 1%.

Allow me to explain the idiocy of what you just said.

Cars are evil, because only the top 1% of the top 1% can afford a Lamborghini or a Ferrari.

Houses are evil because only the top 1% of the top 1% can afford lavish mansions.

Boats are evil because only a select few can afford giant yachts.

Restaurants are evil because not everybody can afford places which serve foie gras, caviar, and thousand dollar bottles of wine.

I'm a fairly avid golfer. I have neither the interest, skill, nor the money to play Augusta.

And do you know what that does in relation to where and when and how I actually do play golf? Not a damned thing.

Augusta is an extreme example, and while there are some places which are still the domain of rich old white men ... that has nothing at all to do with my ability to play at an affordable course whose price and skill level more closely matches what I can manage.

You can readily take up golf with $100 worth of used clubs, and play on courses which cost the $20-$30 the poster you replied to mentioned. I know someone who until a year or so ago played on the same clubs he'd gotten as a teenager.

I have no interest in playing Augusta or any of the crazy courses the pros play -- because they're way beyond my price range and my skill level.

That there exists examples of courses that the average player will never play on has nothing to do with the rest of golf. And for the rest of us, there's actually quite a lot of affordable golf in many communities.

For most of us, golf is a game, and a leisure activity. We ignore or are unaware of half of the rules. We play for fun and a little exercise, and to hang out with friends. We watch the pros to realize just how well the game can be played, and then we laugh and go about our business of playing it our way.

What your saying is akin to saying you shouldn't take up jogging because you'll never make it into the Olympics. The one has nothing at all to do with the other.

47 minutes ago

Industry-Wide Smartphone "Kill Switch" Closer To Reality

gstoddart Hmmm ... (139 comments)

This is how liberty dies ... with thunderous applause.

This will be abused. This will be used to shut down protests and stifle dissent. This will get hacked.

There's no way this toy ends up in the hands of anybody without eventually becoming a Really Bad Thing.

4 days ago

Intel Pushes Into Tablet Market, Pushes Away From Microsoft

gstoddart Re:Is it dead? (110 comments)

same endurance as ARM-based tablets with similar battery capacities while running a full-fat desktop OS rather than a phone OS with delusions of competency.

I don't know about you, but the last thing I want on a tablet is a "full-fat desktop OS".

It's not a freaking desktop. I don't use it like a desktop. I don't need the bloat and overhead of a desktop or a desktop OS.

If you want a full-fat desktop OS, get a Windows tablet or a laptop. Because until I can get a tablet with 1TB of storage, I'm not wasting several hundred megs of it on a piece of software which has been steadily growing bigger for the last decade.

The average app I download on Android is well under 30M. And, for me, that's a selling point.

And, really Android is essentially Linux. Are you suggesting Linux is lacking competency? Because Linux has been running efficiently on smaller systems for 20 years now.

4 days ago

Intel Pushes Into Tablet Market, Pushes Away From Microsoft

gstoddart Re:ARM is the new Intel (110 comments)

Never have I seen a more apt typo

What makes you think it was a typo?

I assumed it was humor.

4 days ago

Intel Pushes Into Tablet Market, Pushes Away From Microsoft

gstoddart Re:Is it dead? (110 comments)

They may be power-hungry (although not that much anymore), but from my experience in doing ports, the best ARM SoCs barely have the performance of 12-year-old x86 processors.

Meh, one of the things I like about tablets is that it finally forced people to scale back the bloat and make leaner software.

A full featured piece of software in 25MB? Count me in. Your 4GB bloated install, not so much.

And, really, my now 1.5 year old Android tablet is a dual core CPU with enough juice for what I need it to do.

The last thing I want is Intel ushering in the new era of going back to bloated software which demands absurd resources. Microsoft is already doing that.

Seriously, design something new and interesting. Don't just keep shoe-horning the x86 architecture into everything because you don't have anything else.

4 days ago

Intel Pushes Into Tablet Market, Pushes Away From Microsoft

gstoddart Re:Is it dead? (110 comments)

No need to run x86. So why push x86 into the portable space?

Kinda what I was thinking. x86 is now ancient, and unless things have changed a lot in the last few years, tend to be pretty power hungry.

So, I guess if I want to run Windows on it, or legacy software, or have no real battery life this could be a good thing. And, really, who expects to run legacy software on a tablet?

Or, Intel could actually try to make a lightweight/low power chip meant specifically for tablets and not try to further saddle us with an architecture which is already long in the tooth. But, apparently they've grown beyond the 'innovating' phase of a company, and are well and truly into the 'flogging a dead horse' phase.

If you're going after Chinese white-box tablets, you're not aiming very high.

Me, if I saw a tablet which said "Intel Inside", the tablet would still be inside the store when I left. Because, right or wrong, my perception is it's going to suck power, and it's probably going to be geared to people who want to install Windows applications.

No thanks.

4 days ago

Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

gstoddart Re:WTF?? (794 comments)

The police didn't force the destruction of evidence. It was the principal that told the student to delete the recording.

You know, to a highschool student, I'm not sure there's a whole lot of difference.

Because when the principal, the administrators, the teachers, and the cops are all standing around telling you that you must delete it or face consequences ... which entity is it which is forcing you to delete it?

And since the police then subsequently charged him with something, pretending like they didn't play a role in this farce is pretty naive.

4 days ago

Microsoft Brings Office Online To Chrome OS; Ars Reviews Windows Phone 8.1

gstoddart Re:Yawn. (69 comments)

What happens to the vast minority of people who always think they are in the vast majority?

They become politically active, and then continue to loudly claim to represent the vast majority even though they don't.

4 days ago

Pollution In China Could Be Driving Freak Weather In US

gstoddart No shit guys ... (157 comments)

That's why climate change is a global thing.

Are people laboring under the belief that this will result in purely localized effects?

There is only one atmosphere, and if you screw it up, it's screwed up everywhere.

4 days ago

Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

gstoddart Re:Truth! (806 comments)

Pssst ... as a fellow Canadian, I can tell you the exact same thing is happening here, unfortunately.

Our current government allows lobby groups (who themselves are mere puppets for the same groups in the US) to write the text of treaties and laws, when our environmental protections are being gutted in order to make it more efficient for businesses, and when you have a government which increasingly ignores some of the laws due to ideology ... we're well on our way to being equally fucked.

So, please, don't make us Canadians look all smug and douchy on the topic. Because the exact same thing is happening here.

5 days ago

Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

gstoddart Re:Rewarding the bullies... (794 comments)

Appropriately, the page with TFA has an ad encouraging me to "Win an AR-15 from Sebastian Ammo". Google is getting scary...

That's not Google. That contest is hosted on the same site as the story -- I actually hovered over the link to see where it went.

It's their own content.

5 days ago

Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

gstoddart Re:WTF?? (794 comments)

Yes, the kid got charged because he violated Pennsylvania's wiretapping and recording laws. Pennsylvania is a two-party consent state so both parties to the conversation must consent before a recording can be made.

Yeah, and supposedly this school has a zero tolerance policy towards bullying.

And according to TFA, the bullying was happening in the class room, with a teacher present. Which means the school had more or less abandoned their role in policing this, and the kid was left with no other recourse.

Shortly thereafter, a loud noise is heard on the recording, which her son explained was a book being slammed down next to him after a student pretended to hit him in the head with it. When the teacher yells, the student exclaims, "What? I was just trying to scare him!" A group of boys are heard laughing.

What teacher can't be watching this in their own classroom and NOT understand that bullying was happening?

If the teacher who was physically in the room wasn't doing anything, WTF good is telling the school about it? Because the school is either indifferent, clueless, or incompetent to address the issue.

And the officer involved?? I would also say was incompetent or indifferent:

He later answered as to why he thought the disorderly conduct charge applied to this case by saying, "Because his (the student's) actions - he engaged in actions which served no legitimate purpose." He then read the statute as, "Creates a hazardous or physically offensive condition by acts which serve no legitimate purpose."

I would say the legitimate purpose was to demonstrate that the bullying was, in fact happening, was happening while there was a teacher present, and that nothing at all was being done about it. He certainly didn't create a "hazardous or physically offensive condition". Sorry, but I think the cop was a fucking idiot.

I'm inclined to agree with the lawyer on this one. The police misapplied the statute here, forced the kid to destroy the evidence, and then didn't do a single thing about the problem.

And people wonder why kids go into school with guns? I can't even believe the story has a link to a contest to win an AR-15.

I read this whole story as a complete failure of the police and school to understand and deal with the actual issue here.

5 days ago

Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

gstoddart WTF?? (794 comments)

So, kid gathers evidence of bullying by other kids, gets charged?

That is insane.

So, if I take a video of someone stealing my car, would I get arrested? Under what circumstances could I do that and not be charged? WTF doesn't gathering evidence of bullying get an exemption from wiretap laws?

Whatever law enforcement and officers of the court were involved in this are total morons. This makes no sense at all.

5 days ago

Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

gstoddart Re:Get rid of income Tax (417 comments)

The entire premise of capitalism is that money that gets invested into useful purposes

No, the entire premise of capitalism is people own stuff. Period.

There is an assumption people might invest in useful stuff and make rational decisions in their own best interests. The reality is not quite the same.

When billionaires buy multi-million dollar yachts and diamond crusted iPhones you get to see why kings periodically get their heads chopped off.

The producers add their tax burden to the cost of goods. The study from Harvard econ. sets the price of goods as 22% higher (average) than they would otherwise be without the income tax.

And, if you didn't have a government to take taxes and do the things the public needs, your society would be a shitty place to live, and would be the most brutally Darwinistic thing you can imagine. So those 22% lower costs would be offset by a society which is many many times the worse to live in.

This fictional, utopian tax free society would be not nearly as good as its proponents claim it would be.

If you model your economic system on the Ferengi Rules of Acquisition, you will not like the results.

5 days ago

Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

gstoddart Re:Not even much money (417 comments)

Yeah, but making taxes difficult to do also creates animosity towards the IRS which directly helps the talking points of the right.

And god forbid they actually lose talking points by actually accomplishing something they've said they'd like to do.

Nosiree, if we don't change anything, we can keep bitching about it and we can blame the other guys. And, we can keep getting paid by the lobbyists to maintain the status quo.

Because, really, politicians are douchebags just looking to line their own pockets. Some of them may be honest, but increasingly, I doubt that fact and think we should start off with the premise they're crooked and on the take and force them to live under much more careful scrutiny.

5 days ago

Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

gstoddart Greedy bastards ... (417 comments)

It's shit like this why I don't think corporations should have "free speech". Humans have free speech, corporations are not humans and should not have the same bloody rights.

For instance:

A U.S. appeals court on Monday struck down parts of a regulation that forces public companies to disclose if their products contain "conflict minerals" from a war-torn part of Africa, saying it violates free speech rights.

Because when corporate money is equated with free speech, they can afford to have their speech heard more than anyone else.

And when they can astro-turf and get op-ed pieces written by people who think this is an assault on tax-payers, they just cloud the issue.

It should also be illegal for politicians to accept any personal or financial benefit from lobbyists ... because all it does it cause them to be sold to the highest bidder.

My bet? This would be a net benefit for tax-payers, and this is just buggy whip makers entrenching into law their business model. And all of those politicians who like to talk about free markets are full of shit .. the only free market here is how much the politicians get paid.

Whatever court decision decided that corporations are people too was garbage.

5 days ago

Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

gstoddart Re:u wot m8 (574 comments)

Yo Dawg! I hear you like updates ... so I got you an update so you can update while you're updating.

5 days ago

This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions

gstoddart Re:Ironic and Iconic (275 comments)

LOL ... I've seen CDs which are printed to look like vinyl albums.

I'm sure someone could just print on the existing ones something which makes it look like a floppy.

about a week ago


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