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Comment: Re:This again? (Score 1) 480

by wiggles (#49596617) Attached to: New Test Supports NASA's Controversial EM Drive

> When somebody sounds like a total fucking crackpot, they almost always are.

At this point, we need to ask if he does indeed sound like a total crackpot.

A crackpot would say: "THIS WORKS! By mechanism xyz, this Definitely works, and you should PAY ME!"

A real scientist would say "Umm, when I do this, it does that. Anybody know why? This doesn't make sense." Then, with enough people saying the same, things get exciting.

The question is, are we the former or the latter? The former sounds like Rossi with his e-cat. The latter sounds like this situation. I think we're just starting to get to the exciting phase; let's hope we get more experiments to confirm what we think is happening is really happening.

Comment: Re:We have already figured most of this out. (Score 2) 365

by wiggles (#49470565) Attached to: Can Civilization Reboot Without Fossil Fuels?

This is what killed Diesel as a car fuel in the US

That, and how dirty, sooty, and smelly the pre-EPA regulated diesel was. And the higher taxes levied by states in order to tax trucking more than cars due to their higher incidence of damage to the roads. And the tendency for non-treated diesel to gel in the winter time making it unreliable for cold environments until relatively recently.

The failure of diesel to catch on in the USA is hardly mysterious.

Comment: Re:There's only three plants. (Score 1) 417

by wiggles (#49330683) Attached to: How 'Virtual Water' Can Help Ease California's Drought

> Desalination from seawater costs about 8.5 kWH / m^3 {fixed}

At rates I pay (Illinois), that works out to be around $.35 per gallon. What's the problem? Charge farmers appropriately for what they use and everything will magically work, as they cut their production and raise their prices to a new equilibrium.

Comment: Re: This is pretty common. (Score 4, Funny) 193

If that's windows support, linux support is as follows:

Check /var/log messages for errors. Find cryptic bizarro language pointing to some subsystem you've never heard of. Craft messages as follows and post to Slashdot:

"Linux is terrible! I'm going back to Windows! I can't even get function XYZ to work! Every time I try, error message $ERR shows up in my /var/log/messages!"

Wait one hour before you get a response as follows:

"You moron, All you have to do to get that to go away is edit $CONFIG_FILE and restart $DAEMON! Windows sucks!"

Problem solved.

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