Saturday, February 25, 2017

Superstore: Are you a PC Plus Member?

If you want to use a Superstore self checkout this is the first screen:

Are you PC Plus member? 

If you press 'Yes' then you have to select one of the three options:

This is an extra click and screen.

I would get rid of the first question/screen and only have:
'If you are a PC Plus member please select an option by pressing one of the following buttons. If not press the 'No' button.'

Even better, the customer should not need to select an option but just scan their cards and the machine should recognize whether it is a reward card, credit card or mobile app.

Energy Bars

President Choice Super+ Energy Bars are the best energy bars I have ever eaten and I have tried out many other brands. I was so happy I had found them, finally my quest was over, they were organic, not expensive, and very delicious. 
But my joy didn't last long. I went back to the store and these energy bars were no longer on the shelves. Someone checked in the system and I was told the bad news this product had been discontinued!

17 November 12017
The bars are still listed on the site, but unfortunately you can no longer find them.

Chewy, moist and bursting with delectable fruits and nuts, our energy bars are a source of fibre and a good source of iron and copper. We call them “Super+” because they’re organic and contain natural source superfood and functional ingredients. No artificial flavours or colours.

23 and Me

23andMe is a company that offers genetic testing:
  • View reports on over 100 health conditions and traits
  • Find out about your inherited risk factors and how you might respond to certain medications
  • Discover your lineage and find DNA relatives
I was very curious what the genes say about me and I was ready to order but I read on company's website

Currently there are no protections for Canadians against discrimination based on their genetics - life insurance companies and employers may request an individual's genetic information or may ask whether an individual has had a genetic test.

The insurance company would ask whether I have had a genetic test, I would have to say 'Yes', they might ask for it, and if I said I didn't want to provide it -  perhaps the insurance company will gather from the genetic report that I am a high risk and deny me coverage - they could say they didn't want to insure me either.

So I decided not to do the test and this is a pity, I was so curious what my genes would have revealed.

And the inconvenient truth about genetics:

The Deliberate Practice Myth

The myth of deliberate practice is that you can fashion yourself into anything with enough work and effort. While human beings do possess a remarkable ability to develop their skills, there are limits to how far any individual can go. Your genes set a boundary around what is possible.

In recent decades, behavioral geneticists have discovered that our genes impact nearly every human trait. We are not merely talking about physical characteristics like height and eyesight, but mental abilities as well. Your genes impact everything from your short-term memory abilities to your mental processing speed to your willingness to practice.

I have just found out:

The Senate’s Bill S-201, the Genetic Non-Discrimination Act, regulates the use of Genetic Information by insurers, employers, and other organizations.
This Act, which received Royal Assent and became law in May 2017, prevents employers and insurance companies from requiring individuals to take a genetic test or to disclose results from such testing. S-201 does not cover tests required by healthcare practitioners and researchers. Learn more about S-201.
23andMe strongly opposes genetic discrimination and was an active supporter of S-201 in Canada. We will continue to advocate for legislation and other actions that will protect individuals from discrimination on the basis of genetic information.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Bed Bath & Beyond - First-time subscribers get a 20% OFF

Canada registration is simpler than U.S. Only email address and postal code are mandatory. U.S. site additionally requires first name, last name, address, city, state.



Saturday, February 11, 2017

Another bank story

I chose 'Now' as the transfer date and: 
"Error! The date provided is in the past. Please enter a different date."

It must have been the time difference. It was 9:30 PM that was next day where the bank system is, so the application considered the 'Now' is for the previous day.

Anyway, it wouldn't be so difficult to have a solution for this (not to call it a "bug", even if it is one, but after all it's very minor, part of the "annoying" category). So I had to choose 'Later' and select tomorrow's date (for me) that was 'Now' for the bank system.

Bank story

I changed the type of my banking account, and this one required a higher minimum balance than my previous account, in order not to be charged the "dreaded" monthly fee. I don't like paying banking monthly fees and I think only once did I pay one when they increased the minimum balance and I failed to notice. Never again I said back then :).

So I made the change in the middle of the month and I had a feeling this would happen: the bank charged me the fee as I hadn't had in my account the minimum balance every day of the month.

I'd called them and they said they would make an "exception" - as if it wasn't their mistake - and reverse the fee.

Their system is not set-up properly, the minimum balance should have been considered from the day I changed my account type not from the beginning of the month.