Saturday, July 17, 2010

Louis Oosthuizen - A Star is Born? at the 2010 British Open: How Could this Happen? What Clubs Does He Have in His Golf Bag? Project X?

Is the virtually unknown golfer Louis Oosthuizen (pronouced Lou-ee Wuhst-hy-zen) going to win this year's British Open (the British call it "The Open Championship")?

The guy has a great golf swing -- see the video:

He has also greatly improved his attitude about golf and life, which is probably the most important change. See

Does Oosthuizen's sudden emergence also have anything to do with the clubs in his golf bag?
Being a bit of a golfer myself, I thought I would check out what I could find online.

After the third round of The Open Championship, Oosthuizen has produced both the most accurate iron play and most accurate driving in the entire field, judging by the stats published at the official website of The Open Championship, where Louis has thus far hit 47 of 54 greens (87 %) and 42 of 48 fairways (87 %) on an average driving distance of 319.33 yards! This has put him far ahead of the rest of the field statistically and he goes into the last round now at 15 under par, holding a 4-stroke lead on 2nd placed Paul Casey and a 7-stroke lead on 3rd-placed Martin Kaymer. A great swing is one thing, but such accuracy is another.

Even if he does not win tomorrow, he has the golf world buzzing. How has he done it?

So what does Oosthuizen have in his bag? This is not an ad, just our curiousity.

According to
My Bag: Louis Oosthuizen at the 2010 British Open - The Shop Blog
Louis has new Royal Precision Project X shafts on his Ping Rapture V2 9° driver and his Nike SQ II fairway woods (13° and 19°).

It is not fully clear however whether he is playing that same precise Project X shaft in the British Open.

He also allegedly plays Ping S56 irons (3 through 9) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X-100 shafts.

I have Grafalloy Epic and Prolite shafts on my clubs -- Grafalloy is a sister company of Royal Precision -- and I hit the ball as far as anyone, but I also spray my drives all over the golf course. I need more precision. Hey, if Royal Precision wants to send me a 460cc driver with the same shaft that Ooostuizen is using - 1 inch longer than normal length,  I will try it out and report on my success here. Just a thought to that company.

Obviously, Louis can play golf ... extremely well. Now we have to see if his nerves hold up tomorrow and if he can maintain his attitude of having fun - and winning. That is the key. Play to win and have fun. We will see.

Redo That Voodoo - Paul Krugman at the Exposes Tax Cut Voodoo Economics as Nonsensical

In Redo That Voodoo at the New York Times, Paul Krugman exposes tax cut voodoo economics as nonsensical.

The Bush Administration tax cuts nearly bankrupted the country, as good as wiped out the middle class, greatly increased the wealth at the top, and created a mass of impoverished at the bottom. Any Republican (or) Democrat who wants "more" of that is just an idiot.

The Password Problem: How Safe is Safe?

Passwords, passwords, passwords....

Elinor Mills at the InSecurity Complex at CNET News asks:

What to do with passwords once you create them?

Some good suggestions are found
Elinor's article

Intel, Nvidia, the FTC and Nehalem in Epic Patent Licensing Showdown: Brooke Crothers at CNET News "Nanotech - The Circuits Blog" Discusses the Graphics Chip Battle

This is a "big time" patent licensing technology showdown involving Intel, Nvidia, and the FTC with a settlement deadline of July 22, 2010 or else the FTC complaint against Intel Corporation for violation of Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act and Section 2 of the Sherman Act goes to administrative trial (bypassing here for now the Intel suit against Nvidia and its countersuit).

For the fascinating tech law story which ultimately affects every computer user, shapes the chip world of tomorrow and also tangents affected companies such as AMD, Apple, etc. see Brooke Crothers at:

Intel vs. Nvidia: The tech behind the legal case | Nanotech - The Circuits Blog - CNET News

where he writes, inter alia:
"[T]he Federal Trade Commission, in effect, inserted itself into the legal wrangling between Intel and Nvidia when it alleged in a complaint that Intel was engaged in anticompetitive practices in the graphics chip market....
One of the core contemporaneous issues in the legal squabbling is Intel's Nehalem design. (Nehalem is Intel's latest chip architecture and includes processors such as the Core i3, i5, and i7.) With the introduction of the Nehalem chip architecture, Intel has asserted, via court filings, that Nvidia, in effect, does not have the right to attach chipsets to Intel CPUs anymore--locking Nvidia out of a potentially large market. (Intel claims it has the legal right to do so because the technology has changed.) Before Nehalem-based chip designs emerged, Nvidia had supplied chipsets for Apple's MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro, for example. Now, it is prevented from doing so...."
Read the whole article to get a quick fuller view of the legal issues.

See also Eric Bleeker at The Motley Fool in If Intel Settles, What Might NVIDIA Gain?

For analysis in depth, though you may not necessarily agree with the conclusions - as we do not, see Wright, Joshua D., An Antitrust Analysis of the Federal Trade Commission’s Complaint Against Intel (June 14, 2010). George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 10-27. Available at SSRN:

In our contrary view to the above, the FTC has Intel by the proverbials and they have in our opinion no choice but to settle. We will know in a few days.

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