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A Look Behind The Curtain of Loyalty and Rewards Programs

Posted by bryan on October 6, 2013 in E-Business, E-Government with No Comments


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English: Different customer loyality cards (airlines, car rental companies, hotels etc.) Photo credit: Wikipedia

 

Loyalty Cards, Rewards Programs, Points Incentives, Bonus Offers and Repeat-purchase punch cards, oh how I despise thee. You’ve probably been there too. You drop your wallet and have to spend the next 10 minutes embarrassingly picking up all your various credit cards, debit cards, loyalty cards, etc; or, maybe you’ve been in line to pay for something and had dig through your wallet in a cold sweat (for what felt like hours to the people behind you) holding up the line, looking for that punch-card or rewards card?

 

Imagine if this was no longer a reality and we all had a single unified points system which could arbitrate the various rules, policies, conditions and points earnings/accumulation schemes of the various points systems. Also, imagine if you could actually put your “points” to work for you and actualyl get some decent rewards?

This is something we are working on here at BCmoney MobileTV for rewarding your web activity and participation in the community. It is a long-running experiment but we feel as though we’ll figure it out eventually!

In the meantime, it helps to know about how some of the current rewards systems work and just how they cheat you out of your hard-earned money, along with your personal information right down to where you live and what types of products you buy, thereby destroying any hopes at anonymity, privacy and true customer satisfaction.

 
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UNOFFICIAL Radiation Guide for IT Workers and Consumers

Posted by bcmoney on April 17, 2013 in E-Government with No Comments


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Radiation is all around us. The sun produces it as do our electronics; but how much radiation can a person of a given age be exposed to until said exposure results in adverse health effects (whether immediate or long-term and experienced some time down the road).

OSHA radiation spectrum

OSHA radiation spectrum (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


DISCLAIMER:
This is a blog post by an IT Worker and Tech Consumer intended to provide general thoughts about possible ways to theoretically improve one’s life, and is not intended to be used as medical advice or nutritional guidelines in any way, shape, or form. Please consult a physician, nutritionist or official government authority such as Health Canada‘s Healthy Food Guide, CMA, AMA or the CDC, along with numerous other sources to get a wider perspective, before making any life-altering decisions.

There are two types of radiation to worry about, namely: ionizing and non-ionizing radiation.

Non-ionizing radiation is a product of natural sources such as cosmic and atmospheric radiation , the largest of which is the sun which cause minimal damage as long as they are taken in limited daily doses (you are likely to burn your skin from ultraviolet light rays so bad that you’ll have to get out of the sun, before you harm yourself from the sun’s natural non-ionizing radiation). Airline pilots, stewardesses and other workers as well as military personnel and other frequent flyers tend to be exposed to elevated levels of cosmic radiation, which after enough accumulation (typically in terms of years), could cause some long-term health problems.

On the other hand, Ionizing radiation rays are the product of unnatural sources such as X-Rays, MRIs, Body Scanners at airports and assorted electronics, cause the most harm to the human body and have effects that reach to the genetic and molecular level.

 

Consumers

Almost every electronic product we use today emits some kind of Electro-Magnetic Frequency (EMF), Heat or Electricity output. From cellphones to computers and from Refrigerators to Microwave Ovens. While the average Consumer’s electronics give off very low levels of Ionizing radiation, some are obviously much worse culprits than others. For mobile phones (cellphones) in particular, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) provides a measure called the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) which measures values for cell phones (and other wireless devices). SAR is a measure of the rate of RF (RadioFrequency) energy absorption by the body from the source being measured. The following is a table of some of the top selling cellphone brands with both sales figures and SAR exposure rates shown:
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The Most Meaningful Use of EHR in Health Care

Posted by bryan on March 10, 2013 in E-Business, E-Government with 4 Comments


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EHR Adoption Framework (Photo credit: andyde)

I’ve been thinking a lot about ways that Health Care and the medical system in general can be improved through the use of IT. In the United States right now, they’re over 1 year into the so-called “Meaningful Use” guidelines established by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009.

This means that thousands of doctors, clinics, hospitals and other care facilities are getting beyond the ramping up of Stage 0 & 1 into the next Stages, also called the “Meaningful Use” phase. They will no longer get any government subsidies, grants or assistance simply for basic EHR implementation or “taking old paper patient files digital”. They must now demonstrate “Meaningful Use” of the technology.

Meaningful Use – Core Requirements

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Suggestions for the Canadian Federal Government

Posted by bryan on July 31, 2012 in E-Government with No Comments


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WikiProject Political parties and politicians in Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With all the world events going on these days (both good and bad news), there’s plenty I’d like to write about. The purpose of this post, however, will be to focus on the Canadian Federal Government (in as party-agnostic a manner as possible) and what we can do as a nation to not only keep up with other countries technologically and economically, but to also take a step forward and lead by example, thereby gaining the respect we deserve in the international community in the 21st century and beyond.

To get it out of the way, I’ll start with a little obvious bias and state that I think Stephen Harper and the current Conservative Party are not doing a great job, but can also agree they’re not doing a terrible job; instead, we’ve ended up with something in between which looks more like stagnation than progress. Even I will concede though, that in these tumultuous times, staying where we’ve already been is certainly not the worst we could have ended up. This is especially true when you look at the total and complete destruction of other developed nations‘ economies including our biggest trading partner and ally the United States, and the ongoing financial calamities in Greece, Spain and Italy that threaten to spread to the rest of the EU and potentially result in the dissolution of the Euro.
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BC$ = Behavior, Content, Money

The goal of the BC$ project is to raise awareness and make changes with respect to the three pillars of information freedom - Behavior (pursuit of interests and passions), Content (sharing/exchanging ideas in various formats), Money (fairness and accessibility) - bringing to light the fact that:

1. We regularly hand over our browser histories, search histories and daily online activities to companies that want our money, or, to benefit from our use of their services with lucrative ad deals or sales of personal information.

2. We create and/or consume interesting content on their services, but we aren't adequately rewarded for our creative efforts or loyalty.

3. We pay money to be connected online (and possibly also over mobile), yet we lose both time and money by allowing companies to market to us with unsolicited advertisements, irrelevant product offers and unfairly structured service pricing plans.

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