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ACBLscore+'s principal developer, Nic Hammond, has stated on this site that (IIRC) around ten percent of the ACBLscore gamefiles he used in developing/testing contained errors of some type. Presumably the proposed on-line version of what the CEO's Management Technology Committee envisions would be able to correct a large percentage of those errors. ACBL collecting actual gamefiles instead of just monthly reports would give ACBL (and interested third parties to whom they give access to the data) data ripe for mining with modern tools, to provide information of interest and usefulness to advancing players.

For those familiar with Jay Whipple III's The Common
Game
, you have a small idea of all that is possible.

Of course, ACBL will have to take the hit for providing much more data storage, and much greater bandwidth to make this all work. The CEO's Management Technology Committee is of course taking all of this into account as they move forward in what is still a somewhat fluid and flexible design process.
May 1, 2015
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Greg,

This may be the “doomf” process – but the term “doomf” is outside my vocabulary.

From the ACBLscore for Windows menu bar, select “DataBase,” from the resulting pull-down menu, select the last item, “Import/Merge,” then from the pop-up menu window, select the last item, “5 Update masterpoint holdings from ACBL Masterpoint file.” With a direct Internet connection, you can get updates for one District at a time.

May 1, 2015
Kevin O'Brien edited this comment May 1, 2015
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The survey was apparently sent to club owners/managers.

If the URL was shown here, then others could “stuff the survey boxes.”

Here are the questions:
1. At how many playing sites do you presently run club games?
One
More than one

2. Do you currently have an internet connection at your playing site?
Yes
No

3. Is the connection reliable enough that you would be comfortable scoring your games on a web version of ACBLscore?
Yes
No

4. Do you currently send results to a website from the club after each game?
Yes
No

5. Which operating system is used by the computer on which you run ACBLscore?
Windows (7, 8, XP, Vista)
MAC (OS X)
iPAD/iPhone (iOS)
Android
Linux
IBM (z/OS)
Not sure
Other (please specify)
_______________________________

Thank you for participating in our survey.

Replies were by radio button; the only exception being to specify some other OS.
Each question, and the “Thank you,” appeared on a separate screen, for a total six separate screens.
Navigation was by “Prev” “Next” buttons at the bottom ov each screen, with the obvious exceptions (No “Prev” on first screen, “Next” replaced by 'Done“ on the final ”Thank you" screen.
May 1, 2015
Kevin O'Brien edited this comment May 1, 2015
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That's especially true when the CEO is not worried about job security and the BoD is not pushing for information; also when the BoD members are not directly accountable to most of the membership (none except Unit Board of Directors members have a vote in District Director elections).
April 30, 2015
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Nothing has changed in the past two years, Don Mamula still :
• seems to truly value transparency of communications to Members.
• Don’s postings in this website seem generally to reflect not only factual contributions that he has gleaned as a member of the Board, but also balanced observations that focus on both strengths and weaknesses of the various constituencies (Management, Board, and Members) that comprise the ACBL.
• Don still wants to keep the details of his resigning ACBL presidency private.


I can certainly respect this, hope the rest of you can as well.

Thanks, Don, for your continued and valued contributions here on Bridge Winners as well as with ACBL as your District's Director.
April 28, 2015
Kevin O'Brien edited this comment April 28, 2015
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I forsee the need for yet another legal opinion, and the consequent enrichment of at least one lawyer, while ACBL's coffers shrink as a result. Doubtful it will be another $1.9 million shrinkage, though.
April 28, 2015
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Jeff Lehman, refer to http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/acbl-president-don-mamula-resigns-2/ for more information, including:

"According to a member of the BoD, the official statement is that Don resigned for personal reasons. The details were given to the full board, but the board members were sworn to secrecy, as Don wanted to keep the details private.
Knowing Don, this must be a serious matter; he would not resign for a minor matter or any political issue.
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April 28, 2015
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Just pitching my tent on the sidewalk in front of the ticket booth, Greg, so I can be first in line when the tickets go on sale. :)
April 28, 2015
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Keeping posters on topic is like herding squirrels, or cats.

The original post was about ACBL membership demographics (presumably that we are aging, and may die off to the extent that ACBL membership shrinks drastically).

Now we have discussions about hotel discounts and proliferation of tournaments; both worthwhile and interesting topics to which many would contribute, but they may never find these topics buried in “activism-on-another-acbl-front/.”
April 28, 2015
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Greg Humphreys gave the early glimpse into the CEO's Management Technology Committee's April 23 (?) meeting; full minute are now posted – only five days later – click on “April 23, 2015” from http://www.acbl.org/about-acbl/technology-committee/

Now where do I go/what do I do to volunteer to be an alpha tester at my small club?
April 28, 2015
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entertaining embellishments indeed! Thanks for sharing, Neill. :)
April 28, 2015
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ACBL President Suzi Subeck, in an interview at the time of her election (Providence, 2014) said in part:

"The ACBL needs to be clearer on how it intends to make the game better. We need to be clearer we want dialogue and feedback, and we need to make our processes open."

Perhaps making most reports from the CEO to the BoD public, in a timely manner, could be part of making ACBL processes open.

Perhaps BoD expecting more information from the CEO on high-profile issues such as progress in work on the ACBLscore+ contract and negotiations for contract renewal could also be part of making ACBL processes open.

In an e-mail made public on Bridge Winners, President Subeck said, addressing another topic of importance,

"I believe you are sincere in wanting to improve what you can, however, you need to give me time to assess the situation before any changes are considered. I am being as forthright and prompt in my responses as I can . . . If you can wait till I have a chance to make myself aware of current status, I will be able to address this situation armed with facts."

We have seen how she followed the same course of action with respect to the ACBLscore+ issues. Perhaps if we give her the time she needs, she can do the same with making ACBL processes open.
April 27, 2015
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Perhaps the “Qualified Actuary” to whom Kevin Lane refers is Bridge Winners member Barry Senensky, and his writings on the subject can be found from http://bridgewinners.com/profile/barry-senensky/ (click the comments tab)
April 27, 2015
Kevin O'Brien edited this comment April 27, 2015
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Thanks again, Mr. Mamula. Posting only facts is quite appropriate, and you are indeed correct in stating
Should it be done separately? Different question, with likely divergent answers depending on the nature of the current “situations”.

Although I describe the current state of communications (current culture as well?) from ACBL Management as “Cone of Silence,” that's my term and not attributable to anyone else in this context, nor reflecting anyone else's opinion.

Facts posted by you are certainly eye-opening, and I'm sure many here participating in Bridge Winners discussions appreciate your contributions – http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/kudos-to-don-mamula/ tells only part of that appreciation.
April 27, 2015
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Thanks for your reply, Mr. Mamula.

I wonder whether “deference to convenience” should be able to trump transparency, and why CEO reports at BoD meetings are eventually posted while CEO reports to BoD members between meetings are hidden from the ACBL membership.

Perhaps this “cone of silence” culture will fade away, and genuine open communication will be seen as more appropriate in most ordinary (and many extraordinary) circumstances.
April 27, 2015
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I believe that since the ACBLscore+ contract ended in May 2014, the software Mr. Hammond continues to demonstrate and offer use of at regionals is called Bridgescore+. See http://bsp.bridgescoreplus.com/ for Mr. Hammond's words.
April 26, 2015
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ACBL Management, led by the CEO, were in negotiation with Hammond Software to renew the ACBLscore+ contract. A key point, according to Nic Hammond, was ACBL's desire to amend the initial contract to Work for Hire, with all Copyright residing with ACBL and all derivative works by Hammond Software subject to ACBL in some way. According to Nic Hammond, ACBL took this negotiating stance due in large part to the legal opinion of Outside Counsel, the famous so-called “XXXX of YYYY,” called in to review ALL ACBL contracts after assisting in negotiating the Learn to Play Bridge software development contract.

ACBL Management, led by the CEO, decided negotiation details, and specifically the proposed mods to the initial contract regarding Copyright and Work for Hire, were either not important enough or too important to share with the ACBL Board of Directors.

It seems to me that either:
(a) Nic Hammond doesn't know what he's talking about (difficult to believe as he has the Hartman-Hammond negotiation e-mails, and has quoted from Mr Hartman about the Work for Hire/Copyright issue here on Bridge Winners), or
(b) ACBL Management and League Counsel both need more efficient and effective communication with the ACBL Board of Directors. Perhaps that more effective communication needs to be required/demanded of the CEO and League Counsel by the ACBL Board of Directors.

Of course, this is all my viewpoint, and I'm totally on the outside, privy to NONE of the CEO/BoD and League Counsel/BoD communication except the reports I read on the ACBL website, the CEO Report and League Counsel Report from each of the BoD meetings found from http://www.acbl.org/about-acbl/administration/board-of-directors/meeting-motions-and-minutes/

The March 2015 reports, presented to BoD in New Orleans, are not yet posted for membership to read. I can understand meeting minutes being taken, circulated, and approved by many, and this process taking many weeks – but I can't see the CEO Report or League Counsel Report being modified from wht was presented to the BoD, and don't see why both can't be posted as soon as they are presented to the BoD. Do you know of any logical reason to delay posting of the CEO's Report and the League Counsel's Report, Mr. Mamula?
April 26, 2015
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Nic Hammond says the contract gives HS the copyright to the code.

“The ACBL … has been advised by outside counsel that ACBLscore+ may contain the copyright logo (as was the case with ACBLscore which was developed by many parties in 1993) and the right to apply for registration of the copyright.


So say ACBL releases ACBLscore+ software with text on the screen saying "Copyright © 2019, American Contract Bridge League.“ Would ACBL dare do that? Would Hammond Software sit back and do nothing if ACBL does that?

My uneducated and uninformed speculative guess is:
(1) ACBL might indeed do this
(2) No way would Hammond Software fail to protect their Copyright, up to and including litigation.

Don't know what happens if the ACBL Copyright notice says ”Copyright © 2019, American Contract Bridge League. Portions of the code are Copyright © 2011-2014, Hammond Software."
April 26, 2015
Kevin O'Brien edited this comment April 28, 2015
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"Or, is there a problem lurking where I should fear that the ACBL places some sort of barrier to the use of Hammond Software's product in ACBL-sponsored clubs and tournaments?"

Or will HS and ACBL go to court over Copyright, enriching only the lawyers (and ACBL's lawyers being paid (eventually) with cash taken from ACBL members?)


Most ACBL members have a financial interest in the answer! Will either side speak? Will either side threaten or begin copyright litigation?

Inquiring minds want to know!
April 26, 2015
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Read what Nic Hammond says on the topic at http://bsp.bridgescoreplus.com/?page_id=51#1
April 25, 2015
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