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> The various major NBOs know this, and have been given presentations on this.

Out of curiosity, who has been giving these presentations and are they available for review?

Neither the ACBL nor the WBF have any real competencies in InfoSec or “security”. As such, there's a real possibility that they could make some really expensive mistakes here.

I strongly believe that the both organizations would benefit if these sorts of discussions happened in an open and transparent manner.

In particular, I think that there needs to be open discussion around the threat model and the set of adversary powers that we're trying to protect against.
31 minutes ago
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> Prevention is moving towards an all electronic setting
> with players in separate rooms.

Wow… Pity no one figured this out back in the days of the “Race Cars”. Think of how much ugliness we would have saved ourselves…

> Detection is more complicated.

From my perspective, the tricky issue around detection is not necessarily the statistical inference but rather

1. The politics surrounding using inference to claim that cheating took place
2. Designing the data storage system (you need some way to easily search on different things that occurred during the bidding / play PLUS it would be really nice to have the appropriate metadata automatically generated)
2 hours ago
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I wold also like to know what happened to the system that Fred was working on…

I have the unfortunately feeling that bootstrapping this will either require

A. Some new tournament with cash prizes that is explictly design to promote this new technology

B. Another big bribe from BBO –> the ACBL
3 hours ago
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@Ray, admitted, I am not Frances, however my understanding is that

1. The ACBL allows Odd / Even first discards
2. The ACBL does not allow Odd / Even discards

And that the two are not synonymous

And you (meaning Ray) could easily figure this out if you weren't looking for an excuse to complain…
4 hours ago
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@Felix

1. Odd versus Even is binary. There is no gradation of preference

2. Even cards are dual message. They both discourage the suit being discarded AND describe suit preference in the remaining two suits
9 hours ago
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Odd / Even discards and standard discards are not isomorphic.

Playing Odd/Even discards, an even discard is overloaded. It shows both denies interest in this suit AND it expresses preference over the remaining two suits.

As such, you are more constrained

<Please note, I think that Scheinwold is full of crap, but your claim is wrong>
15 hours ago
Richard Willey edited this comment 9 hours ago
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Bill, I think that you are using that fact that you dislike my opinions on this subject to disparge my knowledge. Few quick comments.

1. I already said that if I had the bridge skills necessary to pull something like this off, I would in a moment. I don't cast and aspersions on the behavior of the players. I'd do exactly the same thing in their position.

2. With this said and done, I do dislike the incentive system that has been established

3. I was deadly serious when I said that I favored open boarders. I am very pro immigration.

4. I dislike the fact that the Olympics has also changed their position on this front

5. With respect to Jim Thorpe: If someone already has transnational status from birth then I would see nothing wrong with them taking advantage of this.
Aug. 15
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I don't deny that the pros are perfectly happy to move all over the place based on filthy lucre, and if I were in their position, I'd do just the same…

However, I also remember a time when international competition was based on what citizenship you had when you were born rather than Zimmerman's ability to transplant one to Monaco…
Aug. 15
Richard Willey edited this comment Aug. 15
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Agreed.

The US has a couple other (major) advantages

1. The size of the US population. Any any given point in time, the US is going to have a larger number of bridge prodigies to assemble teams from than most any other country out there. (China obviously has even more significant advantages in this area)

2. The US has been poaching top talent from the rest of the world
Aug. 15
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thanks
Aug. 15
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Is there any option to read the editorial online or purchase a single copy of the magazine?

(I let my BW subscription lapse a few years back because I found the coverage overly parochial. I renewed it after the cheating scandals for a year, but never saw much real engagement on the topic. I am loathe to do so again)
Aug. 15
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If I am on the road, and something were to happen with my airline tickets or hotel reservations, the absolute last thing that I would want is to have the ACBL as an intermediary between myself and the airlines.

When I travel for business, I have a full service travel agency available to me. And, on rare occasions, the have proven helpful. However, at the end of the day, when I travel for pleasure, I rather save a bunch of money and accept a bit of risk.

I can see folks wanting to go n the other direction, which is fine, but if you're going to do so work with a professional travel agent.

Please recall, the ACBL sets up hotel contracts to screw over those members who are silly enough to trust them…
Aug. 13
Richard Willey edited this comment Aug. 14
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I think that the world has changed substantially over the past 20 years.

With the rise of various travel based web sites, I'm really not sure whether how valuable the ACBL is to large hotel chains. Moreover, when I hear repeated stories about ACBL members urinating in public ballrooms and stairwells I have to wonder why anyone would do business with “us”.

I also very much worry that the ACBL's habit of booking blocks of rooms far in advance is going to rise up and bite us if our membership numbers suffer a significant decrease. I've heard some vague stories about a law suit involving the District out in Las Vegas that I believe was related to the ACBL failing to deliver enough rooms. Does anyone have any details about this?
Aug. 13
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> When the hotel comps a room, that comp likely
> does not show up on their Revenue and Expenses accounting.

In my world, there's no room comping

> Are you suggesting that members should pay less for coffee
> at the hotel and pay instead for the “free” evening snacks
> and entertainment?

I am suggesting that we do away with “free” coffee and “free” evening snacks.
Aug. 13
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FWIW, I have long thought that we'd be better off simply contracting for the space that we need for the tournament (ballrooms + parking) without any side deals wrt to filling room blocks or purchasing over priced coffee or the like.

1. I think that the side deals wrt filling room blocks are going to start exposing us to some real problems as people wise up.

2. It feels as if the ACBL is preying on its members
Aug. 13
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Thanks. That's a better (more consistent) way of framing things.
Aug. 13
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Ken, the definition that you are assigning to opportunity cost doesn't match the traditional definition that gets taught in Econ 101.

An opportunity cost of an action the positive value that would have been produced by next best thing that you could have done with the money. For example, in this case, the ACBL has decided to spend $75K on expenses for the BoD Meeting. The next best thing that the could have done with the money was investing in a Certificate of Deposit that would have yielded a return on investment of $750. So, the opportunity cost is $750.

I readily admit that this sounds like bad accounting practice, but its not an opportunity cost by any definition that I know.
Aug. 13
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Jonathan, from what i can tell, the ACBL considers this sort of thing to be a feature rather than a bug. This sort of bullshiite dates at least back to Kaplan if not earlier. (Don't get me wrong, I have a whole lot of respect for Kaplan, but from what I can tell he loathed the idea of precedence because he wanted to ensure that the Powers that Be - meaning Kaplan - had as much flexibility as possible in interpreting the law] Sadly, a legal system that works well when you have Kaplan running things is far less functional when left to mere mortals]

I've been commenting for years how much better life would be if we had the equivalent of the EBU Orange / Blue books in place, much more definitive and unambiguous laws, and the expectation of consistent enforcement.

This seems like the sort of thing the the BoG and BoD should actually be able to address, or are you all too distracted re-arranging the masterpoint system yet again?
Aug. 13
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FWIW, this appears to be one of the (few) areas where Peg anf I actually seem to be in agreement.

The mission of the ACBL is to promote the game of bridge, not to increase the number of ACBL members.

Personally, I find it hard to justify the various attempts to generate more revenue given the gross financial mismanagement practiced by the organization.

Wasting $1.8 on the ACBLScore fiasco
BoD expenses
Multiple rounds of search for CEO's
Paying off ex CEOs
Lawsuits galore
Aug. 12
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I was simply commenting that tournament bridge is activity that requires lots of people. In turn, this may require that very active players subsidize participation.

I admit that there was a double entendre, and puns and the like are truly some of the lowest forms of humor, however, I really don't see any insult.
Aug. 12
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