Would closing the smelter create at least 1.21 jigawatts of additional capacity? If so then perhaps the South Island could become an international hub for research into time travel.
Is it still denominated in Euros only?
Seems to be, although the FAQs say
You can turn on currency exchange in the dashboard to easily see how much it is in your local currency. Our payment companies will automatically exchange the currency when adding money.
Without having used it, it seems like it may be slightly awkward getting money out, however, as you have to use PayPal or MoneyBookers then presumably transfer to a local account.
In this vein, Peter Sunde's Flattr has an interesting model. Content creators can put a Flattr button on their site or on individual articles, kind of like a Facebook "like" button. Content consumers pay Flattr a fixed monthly fee, then go around clicking the Flattr buttons on any content they like. At the end of the month, their fee is divided up between all the things (e.g. articles) they've clicked on (Flattr takes 10%). It can get quite finely detailed - individual authors or even commenters could have their own Flattr accounts.
Not sure how well it's worked so far, however. Certainly there needs to be a critical mass of sites and users on board before it can be particularly effective.
do you have any examples
One example might be how Daring Fireball handles sponsorships - only one is available each week, and (when I've noticed them) they're generally relevant and unobtrusive.
Maybe this comes from being a (reformed) marketer, but I actually quite like some web advertising. If it's nicely designed, and the site owner is carefully curating which ads get posted, ads can be at worst inoffensive and at best of actual value to me (aside for the value inherent in underwriting free content).
Where I have a problem is when the ad spots get filled up with any old crap. I compare the advertising on Public Address, which is often relevant to my interests, to the advertising on Facebook - who despite in theory having amassed a significant amount of knowledge about me still manage to present me with ads for "cheap name-brand sunglasses" more often than not.
I think there's a place for thoughtful human-curated advertising. You just don't often see it.
When are you guys going to get over your obsession with tattooed chicks on roller skates wearing lingerie as outerwear?
My future wife plays roller derby for Richter City. To date she has yet to get a tattoo or wear her underwear on the outside (she does wear a short skirt when playing, but last time I checked so do netball players).
She also goes to derby practice five to six days per week. Almost like she's playing a real sport or something.
So instead we made a joke out of it.
And we shouldn't have. There's no place for jokes in serious sports commentary.
He's the best MC in the country, I learn at his feet
If I want to hear sponsor names mentioned every 20 seconds I'll watch the IPL.
Was it only every 20 seconds? Damn. The sponsorship agreement required one mention every 15 seconds.
I can't wait until next year, when TVNZ will no doubt announce that they'll be saving money on netbooks, cameras, camera operators and editors by giving all of their journalists iPhones with iMovie on them.