The error is clear - but the reason why is not.
For some reason the gnome editor no longer has this lid setting in Fedora 20.
I edited /etc/systemd/logind.conf,
and changed its value to ignore.
gave it the old ...
[FEDORA_CASPER@new-host-3 ~]$ sudo systemctl restart systemd-logind.service
[sudo] password for FEDORA_CASPER:
...... works fine
Check out the manpages logind.conf for more options.
I suppose i could have used the gsettings gui, but i am too lazy.