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Richard Willey
Richard Willey
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Jan. 21, 2011
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about me

My academic background is as a mathematical economist, focusing on game theory and mechanism design. I have a Masters in Economics from Indiana University and dual Masters in Management and Engineering from MIT.


For the last 20 years I have pretty much lived at the intersection of TCP/IP networking and mathematical modeling. I spent my first 10 years out of school working for various networking companies. For the last 10 years I have split my time between the MathWorks where I was the manager for MATLAB's statistics system and Akamai Technologies. I currently work with the Adversarial Resilience team at Akamai, focusing on event detection, capacity planning, and Transport Layer Security.


I don't have many real achievements in the world of bridge, though I am fairly well know on BBO (and earlier on OKB). Bridgewise, I am probably most proud of my MOSCITO notes (which I really need to finish one of these days)

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Favorite Bridge Memory
Making 2HX vulnerable in a 3-3 fit after psyching during a "Montreal Relay" sequence and getting an aggressive raise from partner.
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> one thing if we going to tablets > why not all just play from home? I see two possible answers to this 1. People want to travel to a common location, see friends from all over, and do some tourism in which case the use of tablets is irrelevent 2. People ...
Hainan International Bridge Festival
Damn! (They were run a direct flight from Boston to Chengdu which seems to have disappeared from the schedule) However, this may explain why I can find those lovely $450 round trip direct Boston --> Beijing tickets any more. Made it practical to zip over to Beijing for a longish weekend
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Primarily geography and population density.
Hainan International Bridge Festival
This probably isn't much help. but I have flown said airline for three different trips into China and have nothing but good to say about them.
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@alvin Couple additional points: The ability to offer comprehensive vugraph for all matches without the need to hire Operators > You make a good point about security/theft/damage to the tablets. > There are cameras in the room, so theft might be minimal. We're currently at the point where existing ...
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> The tablet system in this thread has had some apparent > success. However, analysis of the cost and logistical > factors are still missing, and IMHO are significant. As are the expenses associated with A. Purchasing, transporting, and storing screens B. Providing video surveillance > What happens if the attendance exceeds the amount ...
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I would very much interpret the phrase that Les originally described as a threat. Given that directors regularly give preferential treatment to celebrities, calling the director is very much a threat.
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> I may well be wrong, but it strikes me that advertising > how an organization intends to detect bridge cheating > will just ensure different forms of cheating. I'd frame things slightly differently Rather than thinking about the "form" of cheating, or the "type" of cheating, instead focus on the difficulty ...
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Ray, I have no problem with polite questions. The way in which you frame these requests comes across as ignorant snark. The following is not a attempt at conversation, rather, it is an attempt to disparage wrapped inside a question. "Yes, why not publicize all the methods contemplated to be ...
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Ray, your posts wouldn't be nearly so annoying if you stopped trying to bei so snarky in areas where you are ignorant.

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