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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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My frustration with the ACBL reaches at an all time high
But the ACBL did make public statements about why they fired Gidwani and these were provably false.
Systems Down in ACBL-Land?
> It looks to me like certain areas of the world were targeted. It's dangerous to make assumptions like that. The following map shows locations where Amazon locates its edge services. There seems to be a pretty high overlap. (The ...
Systems Down in ACBL-Land?
Oh yeah, S3 is an object storage system... (Not an ISP)
Systems Down in ACBL-Land?
Yes. Looks to be a pretty widespread issue. I suspect that there will be some interesting discussions about this at work on Monday...
If not me . . .
Jim was positing that there was demand for tournament where players get to compete against elite teams and that, to start with, this could be run once a year. I was simply noting that this is a really good description of the USBF teams trials. I never claimed that this ...
Systems Down in ACBL-Land?
Amazon Web Services is normally extremely reliable. Much as I dislike the ACBL, I find it very difficult to fault them for choosing to go with AWS.
ACBL's Future 2020 & Beyond (San Francisco NABC Report)
Brainfart. Meant to say Jonathan. Came out Steve Thanks for the correction
ACBL's Future 2020 & Beyond (San Francisco NABC Report)
Yes Jonathan you're quite right... 15+ years ago I was saying that there was an obvious demographic bulge passing through the ACBL and that this would have catastrophic effects when it crested and crashed. I also notes that unless the ACBL was willing to share demographic information, it was ...
If not me . . .
Jim, this all presumes that the skills sets necessary to recognize the existence of a problem are the same ones that are required to implement the necessary changes.
ACBL's Future 2020 & Beyond (San Francisco NABC Report)
> I've received reports from the usually large > Palm Springs, CA Regional (ends tomorrow) > that it is going to be down 500 tables for > the week. Can't help but think back four years or so when Jonathan was mocking me for claiming that there was a looming demographic cliff...

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