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Tourists decry decision to close Lost Dutchman State Park

Posted on February 2nd, 2010 at 17:25 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ


Winter visitors who spend weeks, if not months, at the iconic Lost Dutchman State Park don’t understand why Arizona would sacrifice tourism revenue to cut the $3.2 billion state deficit anticipated in the coming fiscal year.

Plans to close the park – the closest state park to Mesa — on June 3 have left visitors wondering if it will reopen and whether they will have to go someplace else next winter, taking their money with them.


Lost Dutchman, the state’s eighth most popular park and the closest to the East Valley, lost $9,545 in fiscal year 2008-2009. The biggest loser was Oracle State Park near Tucson, which lost $253,262. In contrast, popular Slide Rock State Park near Sedona turned a $254,249 profit.

But Stephen Filipowicz, Apache Junction’s economic development director, said the Arizona State Parks Department estimates that Lost Dutchman generates $4 million a year in tourism revenues each year.


So while the park costs the state $10k to operate, it brings in $4 million in tourist revenue to the surrounding community. But because it didn’t break even on its operating expenses, the tax-obsessed clown posse at the state lege is shutting the park down.

I swear. The sheer lunacy in this kind of thinking is so surreal. Not only are they shutting down a beautiful state park that provides entertainment and recreation for tens of thousands of people in the state in order to save $10k in operating expenses, they are throwing away millions of dollars in tourist revenue in the process. This is the party of fiscal responsibility at work in our state.

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Control Is The Ultimate Illusion

Posted on February 2nd, 2010 at 9:28 by John Sinteur in category: Software


Tom DeMarco has turned 180o, finally! As one of the initiators and most prolific proponents, if not principle responsibles of the software engineering myth, he finally sees his erring ways. After selling a fuckton of books on software-engineering like “Peopleware,” “Deadline,” “Controlling Software Projects,” and “Waltzing with Bears.” he now, finally, takes his distance. A bit late after 40 years, but I guess, the money was too good. He, at long last, acknowledges the folly of his most famous quote: “You can’t control what you can’t measure.” Never came so much stress to so many coders from so few words. Pity he does not apologize profoundly, but still it is good that he basically tells the world he has been wrong and misinterpreted. Finally he acknowledges, what all real-life-coders knew all along, the more you focus on control, the more likely you’re working on a project that’s striving to deliver something of relatively minor value. (Tom DeMarco) [Software Engineering: An Idea Whose Time Has Come and Gone?] It is ending the era of the software engineering myth. It has hit the community hard, just look at a few reactions: CH, iTwire, Stackoverflow, Software Architecture, Never In Doubt.

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  1. I am just afraid that now it will be “Tom DeMarco said you don’t need control on project!” and that will be just as bad – if not worse.

  2. @Roland: I agree. But in my opinion, it’s a matter of granularity. Personally I think it is impossible to control the day to day coding but very possible to control the version management, expectations, non-coding aspects of a project, etc. A coding project is more project than coding, and the project needs some managing, the coding has to run free though in roughly the right direction. I firmly believe in the incremental method. In my experience managers tend to let the project run free whilst trying to control (pico manage) the coding.

  3. Jan-Mark, you won’t hear me arguing about your points 🙂
    I believe in the process of hire the right people for the job, then let them do what they were hired to do. If your hiring process is good, then you don’t have to pico-manage. Or micro-manage.

The Party Of “Look, You Know, I Was, Uh, Yeah”

Posted on February 2nd, 2010 at 9:24 by John Sinteur in category: News


The moral here is that right now the GOP literally has no ideas about how the nation should actually be governed.

And the scary thing is that lack of ideas seems to be a winning platform.

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  1. Oh, here the election will be won by a party that so far have not told us what its government programme is. All we know is that the current one does it the wrong way (true) and they will be not the same (how?).
    So it’s a winning platform everywhere.

South Australian Government gags internet debate

Posted on February 2nd, 2010 at 8:43 by John Sinteur in category: News


SOUTH Australia has become one of the few states in the world to censor the internet.

The new law, which came into force on January 6, requires anyone making an online comment about next month’s state election to publish their real name and postcode.

The law will affect anyone posting a comment on an election story on The Advertiser’s AdelaideNow website, as well as other Australian news sites.

It could also apply to election comment made on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.


Attorney-General Michael Atkinson denied that the new law was an attack on free speech.

“The AdelaideNow website is not just a sewer of criminal defamation, it is a sewer of identity theft and fraud,” Mr Atkinson said.

“There is no impinging on freedom of speech, people are free to say what they wish as themselves, not as somebody else.”

Mr Atkinson also said he expected The Advertiser to target him for sponsoring the law.

“I am also certain that Advertiser Newspapers and News Limited will punish me personally, viciously for being the attorney-general responsible for this law,” he said.

“You will publish false stories about me, invent things about me to punish me.”

I’m not going to publish a false story about Mr Atkinson. There’s nothing fake about saying he’s a despicable idiot. There’s no need to invent anything ugly about him, he’s got plenty of real ugly things about him.

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  1. So, next election, people will have to sign their votes?

  2. Most people reckon this idiot “has a few roos loose in the top paddock”. However, apparently he has “seen the light” and will repeal the law immediately after the oncoming elections (with no enforcement of this new moronic law at all. – http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/victory-atkinson-loosens-gag/story-e6frea6u-1225826104175) Hurrah for people-power! About time we won one, but I don’t know if Mr. Atkinson will win his seat! Let’s hope not.

  3. Attorney-General Michael Atkinson used to be a cadet journalist at The Advertiser. Perhaps someone in the newspaper hierarchy did something to offend him.

The iPad introduction, abridged edition

Posted on February 2nd, 2010 at 7:47 by John Sinteur in category: Apple

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  1. Actually, this video just put me off the iPad.
    I think I better watch the original keynote, because this one just made me think: “wow, hot air, no content”.