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Comment Re:I am skeptical (Score 1) 280

Your own link says the average number of tellers per branch has dropped from 22 to 13, and 57 thousand gone in thevlast 2 years.
The number of branches has dropped 10%.

Im guessing you are a city dweller, as the cuts are most of ften in rural and remote areas.

According to figures compiled by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and supplied by the American Bankers Association, the number of U.S. bank employees has remained relatively stable. There were 2,110,276 employees in 2012, and 2,043,480 last year.

But the number of U.S. bank branches has declined precipitously from a peak of 99,540 in 2009 to 91,861 in the third quarter of 2016, according to the ABA.

The whole proposition that automation will increase jobs in anything other than the short term is patently ridiculous.

Comment Re:That won't prove commercially viable power (Score 1) 308

Yeh, Im in SA, bought a high end 2kw system with micro inverters on each panel, for $4k Aust, that reduced my bill by 2/3, from $600/Quarter to $150. Summer yields averages around 14kw/h per day in summer, winter about 10kwh.
Will get another 2kw of panels and a 10kwh battery next year, at about $10k, and virtually go off grid, for a total cost of $14k Aust.
Its been interesting to watch the slow acceptance of solar here on Slashdot.

Submission + - Roland founder Mr Kakehashi dies. (

Falconhell writes: The Gauridan reports that Roland founder, and brilliant engineer Mr Kakehashi died on April 2nd. His Roland and Boss products revolutionised synthesisers, drum machines, and guitar FX, some of the early synths, such as the Jupiter 8 and Juno 106, now sell for more than they did new.

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