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Comment: Re:We have already figured most of this out. (Score 2) 363

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.

Comment: Re:Really, Slashdot? (Score 1) 230

by wiggles (#49189055) Attached to: Will you be using a mobile payment system?

I've had Google Wallet on my Nexus 4 since 2012. I used it for like a month, until the novelty wore off. It's just plain easier to open my wallet, grab a credit card, and swipe it through the reader than it is to get out my phone, unlock, find the wallet app, unlock fumble with the NFC scanner that doesn't always work, hope I have a decent server connection, and etc. I found that 7 out of 10 times I tried to use it, I wound up putting my phone away and digging out my wallet just to avoid pissing off all the other people in line behind me.

The young lady had an unusual list, Linked in part to a structural weakness. She set no preconditions.