Well, this McDowell book seems to be causing a bit of a stir in the community. While wandering around the web, I find yet another hack against Arnold's review. This time, by Victor at ap.com.
It's important to note, not once have I seen a rebuttal to Arnold's critique. What I generally find is this, or some variation, instead. So rather than an enlightened discussion taking place where everyone benefits, we are left with nothing to respond to but a bit of a smokescreen.
> To some people this is a personally
> motivated disagreement, an opportunity to
> attack former friends and colleagues, with
> no tangible gains other than sadistic
And, yet, others see it as an opportunity to attempt to cover their sorry asses. Tell me, when your customers lose their bankroll attempting to sequence aces as set forth by Mr. Mcdowell ... do they still get the money back guarantee?
This is what Arnold wrote in his review:
"Anyway, I�m sitting here looking at the endorsements on the book, and I�m thinking, "Steve! Ed! Don! I know you guys have never tracked aces, but couldn�t you at least have taken out a calculator and spent ten minutes going over some of the math before jumping on this bandwagon? Does Snyder always have to be the bad guy delivering the bad news?"
Ohhhh ... the sadistic self-satisfaction.
Considering the book has about as much merit as TARGET, I think that was a pretty restrained critique.
> For us this is about the
> truth, regardless of who it compliments or
> even what mistakes it may reveal.
Well, I guess we can all thank Arnold for your sudden interest in the truth. And if a genuine response is forthcoming, I (and the community) look forward to reading it.
In the meantime, I hope your team of infinitely skilled mathematicians are also examining that roulette system you sell.
'Cuz just between you and me ... I got my doubts.
(ps Incidentally, Dalton has recently posted links to Arnold's review. Nice to see a little integrity is still left in the community.)