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If we were to build a fence along the US-Mexico border, why not build one that generates enough clean electricity to power entire cities! The US-Mexico border is 1,969 miles of potential clean energy. Wind turbines or photovoltaic solar could be built into the fence itself, therefore the fence would pay for itself over time.

Solar power (better)

The US-Mexico border is a very sunny place and integrating photovoltaic solar panels into a fence should be fairly easy, per se. Lets say that every square foot of solar panels produce around 0.85 watts per square foot for six hours a day. If we integrate 12,475,5840 sq. feet worth of photovoltaics into a stretch of 12 foot tall fence, 1,969 miles long, we could produce about 106,042 kW conservatively.

0.85 W x 12,475,5840 sq. feet = 106,042 kW x 1,753 hours = 186 gWh

That’s almost 186 gWh every year or roughly enough energy to power about 21,000 homes.

UPDATE: I’m awaiting an email from a Californian compony called Nanosolar who has produced a type of solar panel printing press, per se. Which promises to be less expensive than silicon photovoltaics.

Cost

I would guesstimate that this type of installation would cost around $954,378,000 about 33% more money then the current 3 billion dollar estimate.

Wind power (best)

The US-Mexico border is also quite a windy place and integrating wind turbines into a fence should be fairly easy, per se. Lets say that each wind turbine is rated at one-hundred kW yet the wind only blows at an average of 15 MPH so power generation is only at 20 kW or 20% maximum capacity.

100 kW x .20 = 20 kW x 8760 hours = 175,200 kWh – awea.org

Each wind generator would still produce 175,200 kWh every year! If we built 20, 100kW wind generators running at just 20% their maximum capacity, every mile. We could produce over 3,504,000 kW’s every mile or 6,899 gWh (Gigawatt hours) every year. That’s enough energy to power about 1,169,400 average US households!

Cost

For the sake of discussion lets guesstimate that each turbine costs about two-hundred thousand US dollars. I would guesstimate that this type of installation would cost around $7.8 billion US dollars or about 260% more money then the current 3 billion dollar estimate.

We could possibly even sell shares of the fence to companies, in return for initial startup capital.

Monetary Return

Since wind power and solar power only need wind or sun for fuel and very little maintenance. These types of installations should pay for themselves in less than a decade or a little over 8 years for wind power selling at $0.13 cents a kWh. When they really starts producing what is basically, free energy!

Environmental Return

Since most of the United States electricity demand is met by coal-fired power plants and 1 kWh of electricity produced from a coal powered station emits about 2.1 pounds of CO2 to the atmosphere. Therefore by installing photovoltaics on the fence would remove about 397,526,257 pounds of CO2 from the atmosphere every year or installing wind power would remove about 14,753,400,720 pounds of CO2 from the atmosphere every year!

Conclusion

Though each type of installation would be expensive. With the help of initial start-up investments and the money the government was going to spend anyway, on the fence. The Installation of either photovoltaics or wind generators, on the fence, would establish the United States as the center of renewable energy production.

We need to act. We need to be able innovate again! Lets go out there and make a difference! Happy Earth Day!

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After trying out many different distro’s of Linux including Debian, Slackware, and KNOPPIX to name a few. I found Ubuntu Linux sometime around early 2006. I loved Ubuntu Linux because I was pretty much a newbie back then. Ubuntu’s ease of use drew me to it immediately but it is not just for newbies. Ubuntu is full fledged Linux, it can grow with you as you become more comfortable and experienced with Linux environments. So if your a newbie or experienced Linux user looking for a great distribution go ahead and download Ubuntu Linux. Anyways it can’t be bad for Ubuntu creating a name for the Linux community and stirring attention away from the big monster living in Redmond, Washington. Can it?

Quick introduction

Joost is the attempt to create a free (ad-supported) IPTV platform utilizing P2P, it distributes (almost) TV quality video. It basically turns your computer into an instant on-demand television without any need for additional hardware.InstallationOn Mac OS X it was as easy as downloading the .dmg, dragging the .app to the Application folder and launching. When you first start Joost it downloads the list of channels. So far it’s been simple, and smooth.

User Interface

The user interface is pretty slick, starting up in fullscreen mode by default. It has a media center type feel to it.

Logging in

Logging In

Logging in for the first time to Joost.

User details

Filling in my personal profile.

Channel list

The channel list is pretty scarce as of now, only twenty-seven channels so far.

Channel info

Viewing the separate shows on the channel. You can choose the television show you want to watch.

Watching a television show

Watching a television show. On the bottom of the screen you can pause, skip forward and back, get information, switch the Joost player to windowed mode, power off Joost, etc. On the left side of the screen you will see “My channels” which will open the channel guide and on the right side you will see “My Joost” where you can open up widgets on the screen, more on this soon.

Info about the program

Showing the information for this show. You can create a “Joost Link” so you can send this show to your friends, pretty slick.

Opening my joost widgets

I have opened a few “My Joost” plugins, the base install includes a IM widget for Google talk and Jabber. A RSS ticker for reading your favorite RSS feed right from inside Joost. A self-explanatory clock widget. Last but not least a channel chat widget which allows you to chat with other people watching the same show or channel as you are, etc. Its pretty nifty.

Video Quality

The video quality did not impress me. As for most programs seem to be under TV quality. Also the video did have spots were it would tremble and I’m on a 6.67 Mb/s line according to here.

Pros

  • Free
  • Short advertisements
  • Multi-platform
  • Plugin Support
  • On-demand

Cons

  • Only a few channels so far
  • Somewhat slow interface

Overall reaction

There is still alot more work to be done with the service to make it as enjoyable as possible but as of now I would give it a 7 out of 10 rating. I’ve seen less advertisements than you would on regular television they seem to be shorter as-well. I love the fact that all the channels are on-demand letting you pick and choose the shows you really want to watch. Overall the application is pretty slick, downloads are relativity quick and I only have a few complaints but its free and what’s not to like about that!

If you would like to receive a Joost invitation write me comment or an email at infectedproject [at] gmail.com. Addressed “Joost Invite, Please.” I’ll try to get as many out as humanly possible.

Note: the tested Joost version is 0.10.4

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