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Personally, I do not like the current point distribution. Mainly because all games are not worth the same amount of points. It's the worst when Detroilet plays St. Louis or Vancouver and the game goes into OT. Now 2 teams that I don't want to take any points are going to get at least 1, where a regulation win would have secured only team to gain points.

I didn't mind the W-L-T point system, but I can understand the need to have a clear cut winner in each game. Ideally there is no perfect point system without implementing infinite sudden death overtime like we have in the playoffs, but I would not wish that on any NHL player. I think the only possible way that NHL could use that method is if they shorten the season significantly, which again, I would not like.

I offer this as a better, although by far not perfect method of scoring in contrast to the current points system:
Win = 3 points
Loss = 0 points
Shootout Win = 2 Points
Shootout Loss = 1 Point

I would still keep some sort of iteration of overtime, but if a team scores in overtime, then they get the full 3 points for the Win. Just like they would have in the W-L-T days. This would also ensure that all games are worth same amount of points no matter what the outcome is. I also think this puts an emphasis on winning the game before the shootout. I think most hockey fans will agree that a shootout outcome is worth less than actually playing to win and this scoring system addresses that.

Also, with this scoring system, the scenario I feared where the Red Wings play the Blues and go to a shootout actually reverses. I would want this game to go to a shoot out so that neither team gets the 3 points.

I'm actually a bit surprised that this isn't how it was implemented or at least that it hasn't been changed to something similar because of how awful the current shootout scoring is. I know that there are downsides to my suggestion, but like I said it is not perfect, just preferable to the current way of doing things.

If you agree, please forward this to Bettman. Maybe he just never considered this scenario.
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This year marks Target's earliest opening ever. Target, Best Buy, Macy's and Kohl's are all opening at midnight on Thanksgiving eve. Wal-Mart recently announced plans to open its doors to the public at 10 p.m. then Toys R Us followed suit, announcing it would open most stores as early as 9 p.m. the day before Black Friday.
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If this is the future of mobile devices, then why can't the future be now!

The current state of the mobile industry is very bland. Not to knock all of the cool functionality our devices have today, but this Nokia concept is just amazing.

The most notable blandness being in the recent announcements of upcoming mobile devices, the new additions seemed very tepid to me. An extra .1 inch screen here, another .2 GHz there, maybe an extra 50-100 mAh to the battery if we're lucky & then pile on the bloat-ware to sell it on customers who want to know what they can do with the minor upgrades. They need you to think that your current device is now worthless, so that the carrier they have a deal with can lock you into another 2 year deal and increase both of their profit margins.

It's refreshing to see a manufacturer reach out and try to amaze us again. Even if the tech is 10 years away from the market, it is little things like this that reassure me that someone in your company is trying to push the innovation forward.

It really is a shame that I cannot get the N9 or at least a Lumia 800 here in the U.S., because seeing this makes me want to throw money at Nokia. But for now, I just wait and dream about what could be.
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This is why pages are awesome!
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5 Cool Tips You Should Know About Google+ Pages

1. You Can +1 a Page to Show Support or Add Them to Your Circles

We know you love some brands and businesses. Others you may want to show a quick note of support, but not see all their updates. So just drop a little +1 and keep going, or add a page to any circle you want. You're in control.

2. No Google+ Page Can Follow You Until You Follow Them

We want Google+ to be a place you love to share. Pages cannot circle you until you follow them first. Of course, if you are in their circles, they can share great deals, exclusive coupons, product tips and hangouts, but the relationship is yours to start.

3. In Fact, Google+ Pages Can't Even Mention You Unless You're Connected

That's right. The +Google+ page can't even say your name unless you're following. No +mention spam.

4. Google+ Pages Automatically Unfollow You If You Unfollow Them

If you remove a Google+ Page from your circles, you are automatically removed from their circles. You always are in charge.

5. You Can Find Google+ Pages In Google Search

With a new feature we call Direct Connect, just type + followed by the brand name in Google Search, and you can see pages automatically display. Type +Pepsi to see Pepsi, and +Dell for Dell. It's that easy.

We're very excited about the great work we've seen with Google+ Pages so far. So many amazing companies are here, and you can see from all the work we've done that we want your experience on Google+ to remain a fantastic one.
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I got the SXSW research bug today. Sorry productivity.
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Why wouldn't you play this?

If the counter is correct, it looks like about 10% of the players are winning. I've been in line all day, wish me luck!
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This is absolutely hilarious. Why can't television sitcoms be this funny?

I think I need to throw a #NSFW on here because of the language.
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A big Veteran's Day Thank You to +Alan Mullen !!!
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I absolutely love the comparison between traditional mobile phone carriers and oil companies.

First of all, let me just start by saying I love this. I would love to make this my new mobile carrier and I'm seriously considering doing just that. That being said I do have some concerns about how it works and the limitations. +Android and Me stated today that they intend to test it out and I may have to wait to read their review.

I'm not really that excited about the single phone that they have available at launch, but to be honest I'm not really excited about any of the new phones recently announced for any carrier. So, it's really a non-issue, but still must be mentioned.

My biggest concern here is battery life. Let's be honest, +Android devices are not exactly known for their long battery life. The biggest way to extend battery that I have found is to turn on wi-fi and gps only when I'm using it because the continuous search for a signal is a battery suck. So naturally I'm concerned that the battery for devices on this service won't last long at all since it will be constantly scanning for wi-fi signals. Also, due to the nature of the service I wonder if there is even a way to disable wi-fi when you know there are no connections around.

I don't have an issue with taking a little extra time to find a wi-fi connection or even implementing a wireless router at my office to ensure that I'm not exceeding the cellular limits that republic has in place. I do however know a lot of people who would take issue with these tasks. They just want their phone to work when they need it to work and they don't want to have to think about it. I think it's for this reason that this service may not be for everyone.

I'm hesitant to switch right now mainly because I fear that I'm a data hog that will not be able to stay within their cellular data usage limits. Though is sounds like they do not intend to charge you for overages (likely so that they can continue to call the plan unlimited), it does sound like they do not really want to keep you as a customer if you cannot stay within the limits they set for usage on cellular networks.

I believe that a combination of the last 2 points are going to be republic wireless' biggest obstacle. I think the more advanced users who will be more aware of keeping themselves on wi-fi are the same users that use the most data when they are off of the wi-fi connection. The less advanced users that do not want to have to deal with trying to find or maintain a wi-fi network will have higher usage off of the wi-fi connection simply because they are not trying to be on a wi-fi connection. This is the first thought I had when I began reading about how they want to counsel their users to lower their "CUI". This obstacle will make the service a very niche service. It's a bit like roll over minutes. The marketing campaign makes it sound great. But it will never benefit those who are always under their minutes. And those who need it most, the callers who are always over their minutes, will never have minutes that rollover to help out in the heavy months. There is a small niche of people who regularly have usage right near their designated plan minutes who benefit from the feature.

That is where republic wireless is going to end up fitting in. Although, there will be many that want to try just for the lower monthly payment. republic wireless will eventually be put in a position where they will need to adjust to their customer base rather than asking their customer base adjust to them for no other reason than the number of customers that they are having to turn away to other carriers. Let's hope that they can do that and I do hope that the service is a success. But above all I hope that this shakes things up at the traditional carriers and they are forced to adjust, even if only slightly. (Although in all likelihood Sprint will be the only carrier affected and Verizon & AT&T-Mobile will barely even notice a new competitor's presence).

"welcome19" will get you started at $100 instead of $200 which is the regular price. for only $19 + taxes after that, how can you not be tempted?
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My Evo 4g gets twice as much Batt time on wifi and gps.
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Here you'll read about music, Chicago, Blackhawks, hockey, as well as some other tech and gadgets and video games stuff.  

The public rarestock stream is not very telling because I categorize by subject matter that gets sent out to a circle with a matching subject.  

If you like hockey, but don't want to hear about the latest shows in Chicago, then you don't have to (as long as I have you in the proper circle).  Please let me know if I have you in the wrong circle.