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Randy,

How many colossal $^)#$%^ ups has the ACBL been involved in in the last few years?

1. Loosing 1.8 million dollars on ACBLScore
2. Loosing 500K of the Honolulu nationals (Whipple's current estimate)
3. Loosing lord knows how much on Memphis
4. Hiring / firing a new CEO
5. Needing to come begging for money from the membership

Need I go on?

I don't think that anyone has an expectation that the everything is going to be perfect all the time in ACBL land. However, the ongoing shit show is starting to get ridiculous…
7 hours ago
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> Being in legal code doesn't make something right or justified.

I agree completely.

However, the only thing that you seem offering seems to be a combination of

“I don't like the way the world works” and
“Why does everyone think I'm a bigot?”
9 hours ago
Richard Willey edited this comment 9 hours ago
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>> Discrimination is not per se wrong,
>> only unjustifiable discrimination.

> These are not my words. This is orwellian. I rest the case.

Thomas, you might not like reality, however, discrimination is enshrined in our legal code.

Simplest possible example: If you are convicted of child abuse, the law mandates realtors discriminate against you with respect to the housing that they will sell you.

If you are convicted of certain types of financial fraud, the law mandates that you can not be employed in certain types of jobs

Both of these are examples of legally mandated discrimination.

Conversely, if you are running a business, you have the right to discriminate against serving customers that you don't like provided that they are not part of a protected class. Conversely, if someone if a member of protected class, one is NOT permitted to discriminate against them.

I am sorry that your simplistic view of the world is so at odds with the way that modern societies are structured.

You might find it useful to familiarize yourself with Newman versus Piggie Park Enterprises.
11 hours ago
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> Bridge has a resource (the dummy) that is visible
> to all players but used only by one (its partner).
> The other two players lack such a resource.

> If no other game has an analogous resource, then
> this might well be a significant difference between
> bridge and other games.

Might be, but I'd bet a whole bunch of money that its not a salient consideration…
14 hours ago
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> But I'm not sure why a bridge robot that combines AI
> with directed guidance couldn't be even stronger.

The AI that recently beat up the best Go player in the world plays all sorts of moves that no human had ever dreamed up.

I just don't see the point of constraining the approaches that the AI will consider. (Plus I expect that it would be a lot more difficult to code up)
15 hours ago
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Randy,

Which of the following worlds do we live in

1. It was impossible for the ACBL to have procured insurance regardless of cost
2. The ACBL chose not to purchase insurance because it would have lost money

My guess is that we are living in the later of the two worlds, that the ACBL is very sensitive to the fact that it will be losing 500K on the tournament (this number was provided to me by Jay Whipple) is is trying to engage in cost savings.

I suspect that this decision will turn out to be penny wise but pound foolish.
16 hours ago
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I recommend that you take a look at the way in which modern “world class” AI's are learning how to play games such as Go, Starcraft, etc.

Developers are moving away from trying to provide the AI's with any kind of directed guidance. Rather, they provide the rules (what is / is not legal) and then allow the AI to watch the game being played. Eventually, you progress to having a pair of AI's play one another for man centuries.

Note: when I say “watch” the game being played, I mean that quite literally. AI's have been taught to play starcraft simply by watching a video feed.
16 hours ago
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Having been to both Istanbul and the Aegean coast, I think that Istanbul is a lot more fun…

With this said and done, I would heartily recommend day tripping to Edirne which - IMHO - has a mosque that puts both the Blue mosque and the Hagia Sophia to shame
Nov. 13
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On a more serious note:

1. It is unconscionable that the ACBL would cancel this type of vital service after members have made vacation plans and purchased expensive plane tickets. I appreciate that the organization screwed all sorts of things up wrt to this tournament, however treating your members like this might be penny wise, but its sure as hell pound foolish… In the long run, I think that you are going to find that the cost in bad publicity is going to far outweigh your short term savings

2. Getting caught in lie is just sad…
Nov. 13
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<Snark on>

Now now…

The ACBL is going to lose a lot of money on this tournament as is.

It is only right and proper that a membership organization throws some members under the bus so they too can share in the the pain… So what if this poisons a few loyal member's opinion of the organization. (Its not like the org is trying to recruit younger players)

Or something like that…

</Snark off>
Nov. 13
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> Why do you think it's OK to protect one group
> and discriminate against other?

I never made any such claim.

You asked how your example is differed from that of John Dreptak.
I provided a concise factual answer.

If you want a explanation of the difference between the two situations:

In one case, we have a large and well organized group of people who have been terribly discriminated against for years who and have been able to get society to legally recognize their rights.

In the other case, we have an inane hypothetical that came out of left field.
Nov. 13
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> How exactly my situation is different from John
> Dreptak, who is a man but FEELS he's a woman?

From the perspective of United States law, John Dreptak is a member of a legally recognized protected class.

You are not.
Nov. 13
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> Will everyone fancy that?

When is everyone happy about anything?

With this said and done, its hard for me to see what the problem is…

Treat people who identify as male as male.
Treat people who identify as female as female.

If someone really wants to game the system, I don't see much harm…
Nov. 13
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> you were kidding right

I don't recall advocating this as a solution.
Someone asked for options. I provided options.

FWIW, I am a strong proponent of a combination of

1. Folding the cost of renting ballrooms into card fees
2. Improved financial transparency so people understand what they are paying for

People might not like to admit it, but the cross subsidy system is not longer viable in a world where players have the option to find their own low priced housing.

Something else is needed.

Having players actually pay money to cover the operating costs of the tournaments that they attend seems like an obvious solution. If players are unwilling to do so then you need to find a cheaper way to achieve the same end or, alternatively, fold your hand.
Nov. 13
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Comment 1: “They” are not asking to be more respected than others

Comment 2: In the United States at least, “they” are a protected class.
Nov. 13
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> I have no rate quotes available to me yet, it would
> appear they are far from over priced from a
> downtown hotel standpoint.

It is far from clear that the market rates for these hotels would be indicative of the rates charged to ACBL members.
Nov. 13
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> what's wrong if I call myself a woman to increase my
> chance of winning a bridge tournament?

Because it is intrinsically disrespectful towards a large number of people
Nov. 13
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It would be interesting to understand the extent to which the failure to sell sufficient rooms reflected

1. Overall attendance
2. Individuals substituting cheaper accomodations
Nov. 13
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> How would this translate to selecting a site for national?

Who the frak cares?
No one is claiming that the two systems are perfectly equivalent.

So why bother snarking that there are differences?

Comments like this feel like a none to transparent attempt to derail the actual discussion.
Nov. 13
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Yeap. In my experience you get much the same reaction anytime that you tell people that there ain't no such thing as a free lunch.

Nov. 12
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