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It is an open question if you have are not a serial killer. Something like 80% or them are white, over 80% are men. So we can exclude you only if you can prove your innocence. Which is - to say the least - an open question.
Oct. 10, 2015
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Ouch, so touchy. It's amazing sometimes how some people are not allowed to be criticized simply based on their name and not actual, meaningless speeches and own ego massaging.
Oct. 7, 2015
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The following link will not answer your question directly but it's a very good, if rather heavy and tedious, description of the problems with signalling - http://www.ugcs.caltech.edu/~forster/bridge/development/slawinski/index.html Detailed description of why reverse, or is it really reverse?, attitude might be superior begins on page 20 (http://www.ugcs.caltech.edu/~forster/bridge/development/slawinski/20.html)
Oct. 5, 2015
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Preamble

I absolutely admire all the work that's being done towards cleaning the game. I think that Mr Brogeland has done absolutely sterling job. I great admire Mr Woolsey as a first rate bridge player and author. I appreciate all the time that a lot of people are spending analyzing the evidence and trying to find out what, if anything, is going on. I am not having a go at anyone.

You can take the following quote to be either fatuous in the lightest and most innocent meaning of this word or perhaps just a light warning of seeing things that just might not be there.

Martin's post (http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/prediction-of-b-z-hands/?cj=246845#c246845) and his labored description of the elaborate movements (“twice he brought his head down to scratch it, rather than bringing his hand up to his head, which is the more normal thing to do”) of what might or might not be signals reminded me of a certain passage I've read some time ago about something completely different and unrelated.

This long and rambling preamble is here to reassure anyone and everyone who might read this comment that I am not criticizing anyone and I an not making fun of anyone. That's just how my mind works - sorry. If you wish you might insert any given smiley at any point of this post - it probably belongs there.

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Every time the chimp made a sign, we were supposed to write it down in the log. They were always complaining because my log didn't show enough signs. All the hearing people turned in logs with long lists of signs. They always saw more signs than I did. I watched really carefully. The chimp's hands were moving constantly. Maybe I missed something, but I don't think so. I just wasn't seeing any signs. The hearing people were logging every movement the chimp made as a sign. Every time the chimp put his finger in his mouth, they'd say “Oh, he's making the sign for drink,” and they'd give him some milk. When the chimp scratched itself, they'd record it as a the sign for scratch. When the chimps want something, they reach. Sometimes the trainer would say, “Oh, amazing, look at that, it's exactly the ASL sign for give!” It wasn't.
Oct. 5, 2015
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The first hand in the France-Poland match is much more interesting than the passing statement of “POLAND pair reached 5, down one”.

http://www.bridgebase.com/tools/handviewer.html?bbo=y&linurl=http://www.bridgebase.com/tools/vugraph_linfetch.php?id=41216

The Polish pair had a clear bidding misunderstanding when Mazurkiewicz bid 3 clearly intended as natural which was interpreted as a transfer by Jassem. I found Jassem's 4 supper accept rather strange - he obviously was convinced that his partner's bid was an unambiguous transfer. I think that a more thoughtful 3 would have been a better idea to cover the eventuality of 3#D being natural.
Oct. 5, 2015
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OK. Oh, a feeling! Well, screw evidence, proof, statistics and mathematics. Feelings, nothing more than feelings - so much more important than anything else.

BTW - no, I'm not defending B-Z and I have no idea if they are guilty of cheating or not. I'm simply standing up to a wild witch hunt and all that mud slinging that is not supported by any REAL evidence, just, well, feelings.
Oct. 5, 2015
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You mean this evidence, shown right now, that has nothing to do with the rest of the team, which is (as shown above) disputable? Honestly, I don't know myself.
Oct. 5, 2015
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Obviously everyone is biased. Especially people on a mission.
Oct. 5, 2015
Michal Rosa edited this comment Oct. 5, 2015
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And all that happened BEFORE the tournament. When they had time to analyse the issues and take their decisions. Not after arriving at the tournament, having one pair excluded and WBF informing them directly that they are allowed to play. I'd rather live in a world of written law, not moral law.
Oct. 3, 2015
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Dear Judy, it's not about bridge credentials, it's about reading what's actually written and not being swayed and impressed by the author's name. The post by Mr Wolff is basically pointless, it says nothing and could have been pretty much posted in any thread and would have made exactly as much or as little sense.

“Even though I have certain definitive opinions of my own, based on a plethora of experience, my thoughts on the specific subject should have absolutely no bearing on anything, especially the legal implications of what should now be done.” - I know nothing, I'm saying nothing and after the outcome becomes known I can always claim I knew the truth irrespective of what it was.

“However, my post is only to remind all involved just how beastly and catastrophic the subject of cheating at bridge does to everyone involved, from the top administrators in our fine organization down through the ranks of capable+ hard workers representing all of our NBOs, and not overlooking all of our high level players who give so much to making our game the greatest mind sport ever created.” - pointless, it's been said many time before by many people, does not in any way relate directly to this thread.

“Here in the USA we are dealing with many young people who have gone off the rails and become serial killers of total innocents to only illustrate the horribly dark possibilities which could lurk in a sick human mind.” - does not relate to bridge, just a general rant.

“While trying not to equate a mere game with such ghastly truths like recent senseless murders, it is for us (the ones who do love, cherish, respect and owe so much to our game)to assume the responsibility of NEVER again allowing miscreants to embarrass, harass, and pillage us with intent of destruction. When players cheat, they should forever be banned from both our sight and future bridge associations of any nature.” - absolutely, but it does not related to this thread in any way. It's a very general observation.

“Let me close by emphasizing I am not making reference to general unethical behavior .. but rather to deliberate, planned, filthy, stealthy irresponsible cheating.” - as above.

So once again, Mr. Wolff made a typical statement of a politician that in no way addresses the issues yet make pretenses of involvement. Well done Mr. Wolff. As to your followers - I wish they would be less swayed by your impressive bridge credentials and would judge you by your actual words and actions.
Oct. 3, 2015
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Evidence is just just that - evidence, it does not constitute proof until the proper verdict is handed down. This is not about “moral” issues but point of law. If WBF seems to think that Poland is allowed to play in the competition - so be it and neither you, nor anyone else, has the right (moral or otherwise) to put any sort of pressure on Poland to withdraw - especially at that stage.
Oct. 3, 2015
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Impressive way of not saying anything while sounding so learned.
Oct. 2, 2015
Michal Rosa edited this comment Oct. 2, 2015
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What was WBF doing for the same five days? Why are you asking what was the innocent party doing instead of questioning the motives and actions of the organisation which started this whole affair?
Oct. 2, 2015
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“Until Boye and co are wrong, lets give them some credit” - funny, I always thought it was the other way around. Everyone is presumed innocent until proven otherwise. So far BZ have been accused and convicted by a kangaroo court with no evidence made public.
Sept. 30, 2015
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I'm not going to defend Balicki or accuse him or anything either since, like most people here I don't know any details other than whispers and rumors. I would just like to point out than certain hands, famous or infamous, tend to make rounds, they are being retold in different settings, often with different players - because why not, a good story can be retold in many different ways. This post reminded me of something I've noticed 14 years ago - ♠earchin/pl.rec.gry.brydz/wilkosz$20bridge$20magicians/pl.rec.gry.brydz/t2JuZ6PyZXw/kJYuA26jR4MJ" rel="nofollow">https://groups.google.com/forum/#earchin/pl.rec.gry.brydz/wilkosz$20bridge$20magicians/pl.rec.gry.brydz/t2JuZ6PyZXw/kJYuA26jR4MJ

I won't be bothered translating it but it's about the same hand being reported in three different books. So what? If it's a good story it can be told in many different ways. I don't see how it can be used as a proof of character.
Sept. 30, 2015
Michal Rosa edited this comment Sept. 30, 2015
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I don't think you actually understand what “cruel an unusual” means. Banning a cheat is a standard penalty in every sport.
Sept. 25, 2015
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A common refrain is how unprepared Americans are to play against foreign obstructive methods, such as two-suited preempts - how is a two-suited pre-empt (with one known suit) more “obstructive” than a one-suited pre-empt? Just because you are unfamiliar with something, it doesn't make it “obstructive”.
Sept. 20, 2015
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How often? Every day. Fraud is being committed every second. And the financial system you are talking about is run on computers with very robust operating systems which have been established for over 50 years.

Any computer system can be cracked - especially one using standard, off-the-shelve components. Have you heard of CARS which have recently been hacked? Yes, cars, those big things with engines. Hackers can operate them and stop them against the will of their drivers. Fun, huh?

“Moving to iPads” is a silly knee-jerk reaction which can only back fire and will cost more in the long run. If any sort of electronic devices are to be used, they should be custom built and as limited in their functionality as possible. Think Battlestar Galactica, not the Internet of Things.
Sept. 18, 2015
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