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Dean has, as of this time, replied to every comment made. I cannot see these replies as I have put Dean on Ignore.

However, I am more than confident that every reply is nothing but brick-wall pseudo-refutation a from a compulsive “Yes, but…” player. There will be no instance of something along the lines of, “I think you are right; I see now I was mistaken.”

“Yes, but…” players almost incapable of doing that.

From an earlier posting of mine:

Both Dean and Nat are “Yes, but…” players.

The give-away is that almost any reply someone makes is countered with a “Yes, but…” that attempts, no matter how foolishly, to refute the reply.

Anyone unwise enough to suppose that either Dean or Nat have any interest in any way in getting an answer to some topic can try posting a sound solution; shortly after you will get told that your solution is no good for some reason.

The sounder and more intelligent your answer the nuttier their counter must be, in order to diminish the value of your input. Lacking the ability to find a sound reason you are wrong, they will desperately switch tack to some personal matters.

The payoff comes, in this forum and in real life, when the group runs out of possible answers and the original poster feels triumphant in being unbeatable; he has won, the masses have found the problem insoluble. Yay!

“Yes, but…” players thrive on the argument. They have zero interest in any answer; their motives are otherwise. You can never outlast them. You can never be right. You can never win.

A description of the game, and a probable explanation of the underlying drivers is here:

http://www.thenew-renaissanceman.com/mind-games-2.html
Aug. 15, 2014
Avon Wilsmore edited this comment Aug. 16, 2014
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There is a recent small mention about bridge in Fiji (Suva) here:

http://www.users.on.net/~bbclub/newsletters14/June%202014.pdf
Aug. 12, 2014
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Great series… good fun.
Aug. 12, 2014
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I am not wishing to have this discussion degenerate (evolve?) into a legal argument, but from this Australian link: www.lawhandbook.org.au/handbook/ch24s02s02.php
we read:

“A publication that refers to a group of people, rather than named individuals, is defamatory of the members of the group only if a reasonable person would regard it as referring to every single member of the group. For example, the statement, “all lawyers are dishonest”, is not defamatory of any particular lawyer because a reasonable person would not think that the statement meant that every single lawyer in Australia is dishonest. On the other hand, the statement, “Slow & Bideawhile is a dishonest firm of solicitors”, could well be regarded as meaning that every partner in, and solicitor employed by Slow & Bideawhile is dishonest. In that case, each of them could sue.”

But I am puzzled… who is this “reasonable person” who does not think all lawyers are dishonest?
Aug. 9, 2014
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I cannot recall any event of a reasonable size in Australia doing without duplicated boards in the last 20 years.

I remember being on a committee that brought in pre-dealt boards and hand records for state-level events in Perth 30 years ago.

I really do wonder if US players appreciate just how far behind their organisers are in terms of “bridge tech”.

Just don't get me started on the PL/1 and RPG that is running on the ACBL back office systems…
Aug. 8, 2014
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Thanks for taking the time to work on BW.

In terms of quality, features and user-benefit it's way ahead of any other special-interest site I have seen.
Aug. 8, 2014
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Yes, one pretty much has to go via 4th suit (GF):
1 1
2 2
3 3

Now serious/non-serious slam tries can be used, as opener's hand is wide-ranging and the nature of responder's heart support is unclear… Toby, you can look those up at your leisure.
Aug. 8, 2014
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I suggest we close this thread.
Aug. 7, 2014
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We certainly agree about “keep it clean”. The practice of altering home pages via checked box causes far more aggravation than it is worth.

I have used an online service to scan the file you supplied, as well as the BBO Windows install for comparison.

Here are the scanning engines used:
AVG
Avast
Avira
ClamAV
Eset NOD
Emsisoft
GData
Kaspersky
McAfee
Microsoft

Both files (GLWORLD_2014Beta2.exe and bbo_setup.exe) show as virus-and-malware free.

I await the usual replies from the usual bunch telling me that I am a racist SOB.
Aug. 6, 2014
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You make, in my view, an astute observation. We are indeed just a game to him. That is why I have placed him on Ignore.

A partial quote from an earlier posting of mine:


“The payoff comes, in this forum and in real life, when the group runs out of possible answers and the original poster feels triumphant in being unbeatable; he has won, the masses have found the problem insoluble. Yay!

“Yes, but…” players thrive on the argument. They have zero interest in any answer; their motives are otherwise. You can never outlast them. You can never be right. You can never win.

A description of the game, and a probable explanation of the underlying drivers is here:

http://www.thenew-renaissanceman.com/mind-games-2.html
Aug. 6, 2014
Avon Wilsmore edited this comment Aug. 6, 2014
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Henry: Thank you for answering the questions.

One further question:
What is the status of the checkboxes during installation? Are they by default ON?

I would point out the following:
It is commonplace for a PC user to be not to be as attentive as they should be. Software that installs unsolicited third-party software and/or alters the user's home page simply by virtue of a checkbox results in a great deal of resentment on the user's part.

If OG has aspirations to move into new markets, my opinion is that they would do well to reconsider this matter.

I will be running Hijackthis before and after any web-based OG encounter and will report back.
Aug. 5, 2014
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I'll back JG and GH can have odds.
Aug. 5, 2014
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Henry: Perhaps you are missing my point.

I am not concerned at all about the quality of OG's broadcast from Sanya.

My concern is regarding the integrity of user's machines once OG software is installed. This is not a matter of “being positive” any more than an audit is a matter of faith.

I want to see answers to the six questions I posted above. You are pals with the OG boys. Why don't you organise it?

If they assert that everything is squeaky-clean, I will install OG and I will give a before-and-after report on the results of a Hijackthis scan. That won't be definitive but if all is clear I will be a lot more “positive”. It's remarkable what hard evidence does to cheer up a pedant.

And I will add that I find the not-uncommon habit in this forum of stating or implying that a poster is in some sense racially prejudiced when someone reads opinions not in accord with their own, to be quite annoying.

- During the Wladow-Elinescu debate I was told I was biased againt Germans; FWIW, my parents spoke excellent German

- At another time I was told I was clearly biased against the Asian community and yet I spent the last year in a small village in Thailand and greatly enjoyed the absence of Falang (“of white ancestry”)

- In the course of this OG discussion I have been told I am an anti-Semite; a conclusion reached by reasoning that eludes me

Lastly, Richard Willey shows every sign of being fully-qualified to speak in the area of computer security and it is quite likely his opinion is worth seeking.

Aug. 4, 2014
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I saw good old Meng some weeks ago. I have resisted her charms to date.

I also saw today an advertisement on BW for Bridge World, no doubt caused by my reading an issue last week.
Aug. 4, 2014
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I, too, get “Meng from China” as as advertisement on the right of the BW screen on machines that do not have AdBlock or the like installed.

It is not a pop-up. It is not in Chinese. It has nothing to do with Our Game.
Aug. 4, 2014
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“…and to this day I still get random pop-ups in Chinese”.

Google knows that David is in Australia.
Google knows that English is David's language.
Why, then, the Chinese writing?

Let's get answers from OG as to the behaviour of their software.

Then let's do a Hijackthis scan and (probably) find out the truth.
Aug. 4, 2014
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