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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.

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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.

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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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United States of America

Bridge Information

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.
Favorite Conventions
MOSCITO
BBO Username
Hrothgar
ACBL Ranking
Life Master
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Hasta la vista, visa?
> I still disagree, though, with the idea that having > players only in the same 'space' virtually has only > positive impacts on the game. I don't believe anyone is making that claim Rather, I think that many people believe that the benefits outweigh the costs > If you think there won ...
Hasta la vista, visa?
Few quick comments here: 1. I think that all of the folks who are advocating in favor of an electronic playing environment would differentiate between top level games and every day events. There are a fair number of people who advocate that the top level events should move to an ...
Zimmerman Reinstated as Winners of Rosenblum Cup 2018
I suspect that Ian's comments were meant to illustrate a class of drugs that could never be intended as performance enhancing
How should Multi be allowed (if at all) under the Open+ chart?
Folks have figurred out to defend against a 10-12 HCP NT. I fail to see why a fert presents some kind of insurmountable problem. The issue boils down to familiarity, not the difficult in creating a defense.
Hasta la vista, visa?
While I believe that this idea has promise, I worry about implementation. The internet connectivity from Wuhan seems very spotty, which suggests that there might be some practical issues with the idea.
Wuhan computer virus warning
FWIW, the company that I work for doesn't allow employees to bring their work computers / phones into China. (Nothing that has a company issues cert goes in or out)
Hasta la vista, visa?
It's nice to finally see folks admitting that the reason that they object to an electronic playing environment is that this will hurt their ability to read the other folks at the table. Perhaps we can actually have a serious discussion of this issue rather than fielding specious claims ...
Zimmerman Reinstated as Winners of Rosenblum Cup 2018
As a long standing critique of the WBF decision to adopt the IOC's drug policies, I am flabbergast that the WBF has actually found a way to make this policy even worse. Regardless of what one thinks of the drug policy, bridge is a game governed by rules and ...
How should Multi be allowed (if at all) under the Open+ chart?
Perhaps. However, if this is the case, then I wish that things weren't justified by pretenses about dominant / destructive systems...
How should Multi be allowed (if at all) under the Open+ chart?
This is all very well and good, but what does it have to do with the difficulty of defending against a strong pass system? My understanding is that the reason that these systems are banned is because they are hard to defend against, not that they are a superior method...
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