We got to catch up with the authority on Kansas State football in beat writer Kellis Robinett of the Kansas City Star and Wichita Eagle, who also gave us some good insight on Wildcat alum turned head Cowboy, Brad Underwood. Other good stuff includes the K-State fans crowned successor of Bill Snyder and where to eat in Manhattan.1. The Wizard of Manhattan is in full form with another game-controlling, ground pounding Wildcat team. What are your thoughts so far on this 2016 Wildcat team?K-State has been pretty much what I expected it to be this season. It is 4-0 at home and 1-3 on the road. The Wildcats should qualify for their seventh-straight bowl game. The final four games will decide how good that bowl game is.2. Offensively, the Wildcats are loaded with a mix of veteran players (Ertz, Charles Jones) that know Snyder’s schemes and talent (Pringle, Silmon), to go with a developing offensive line. What are some of the keys to the 2016 Wildcat offense?The offensive line has played well, and the running backs have been above average. K-State’s offensive success seems tied to the passing game. When Jesse Ertz completes the majority of his throws, it can consistently move the chains. When he doesn’t, things break down.3. K-State leads college football in red zone scoring, to what do you attribute such great consistency inside the 20 yard line?K-State’s offense is built around short gains that take a lot of time off the clock. Those are ideal in the red zone. The Wildcats also have a good kicker in Matthew McCrane.4. This defensive unit has leads the league against the run and has some All-B12 caliber players like Jordan Willis, Elijah Lee and Dante Barnett. What types of schemes/players have they been good at shutting down this year and what things have they struggled with?They have been great against the run (5th nationally) and woeful against the pass (107th). If you’re an opposing offensive coordinator, you want to throw as much as possible against the Wildcats.5. We’re familiar with some playmakers at K-State in quarterback Jesse Ertz and receiver Dominique Heath and speedy linebacker Elijah Lee and sack master Jordan Willis. Who are some other players likely to impact the game in big ways on Saturday that Cowboy fans may not have heard of or maybe who are the rising stars of this Wildcat team?Deante Burton, a senior receiver, has really come on strong in his past few games. He could make some big catches against Oklahoma State. On defense, D.J. Reed is solid at corner.6. For the Cowboy fans making their way up to the Little Apple this weekend, what would you recommend as must see sites and good places to dine?If you’re in Aggieville, the best eating spots are So Long Saloon (burgers), Taco Lucha (tacos) and Coco Bolo’s (mexican). Not far away on Poyntz, Bourbon and Baker is good. So is the Tallgrass Taphouse.7. Do you have any favorite Bill Snyder stories that you could share with us?If you’re interested in Snyder stories, this article should keep you entertained.8. While things seem to have died down on the expansion front, what do you gather to be the general sentiment from K-State fans on whether or not to expand and who they would like to add?I get the sense most K-State fans wanted to expand to 12 teams. Snyder certainly did. Not sure who they would have chosen as their two teams, though. No great choices, unless you can raid another power conference, which is why the league stayed at 10.9. Head Coach Bill Snyder is incredible to have in the conference and it will be a sad day when he finally calls it quits. From what you hear, who do K-State fans like to be his eventual replacement?K-State fans love them some Brent Venables.10. Last of all, Cowboy fans are ecstatic to have one of Manhattan’s favorite sons in Brad Underwood taking over the program. Do you have any stories or insights you could share with us about him or his coaching style?Brad is awesome. He played at K-State and then came back as an assistant under Frank Martin and did a tremendous job. I always gave him a ton of credit for the success those teams had. One story that sticks out in my mind is that he had some crazy record for consecutive free throws made at a little over 100, and he constantly challenged K-State players to break it.Well, one day Will Spradling made 124 straight at the practice gym and started to gloat about it. But Underwood turned it around on him, telling him he should have got to the round number of 125. Who stops at 124? He found a way to keep Spradling motivated.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
by The Associated Press Posted Jun 14, 2017 4:26 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 14, 2017 at 7:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email More flight delays, cancellations for US airlines in April WASHINGTON – Cancelled and delayed flights rose in April on the nation’s leading airlines, and so did consumer complaints, according to figures released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Transportation.The rate of cancelled flights nearly doubled to 1.6 per cent in April compared to the same month in 2016. Delta Air Lines accounted for nearly half the cancellations — it was crippled for days by a one-day storm in Atlanta.About 78.5 per cent of flights arrived within 14 minutes of schedule, down from the 84.5 per cent on-time rate in April 2016, according to the latest figures available from the government.Hawaiian Airlines had the best on-time rate, at 88.8 per cent, while Virgin America was last at 64.6 per cent.Complaints rose 70 per cent, although only a tiny fraction of the millions of travellers lodged a protest.April was also the month in which a passenger was dragged from a full United Express flight, igniting a debate over poor customer service on U.S. airlines.Consumers lodged 1,909 complaints with the Transportation Department, with 1,430 filed against U.S. airlines. Most consumers complain directly to the airline, but the carriers don’t have to report those figures.More than one-third of complaints dealt with cancelled or delayed flights or missed connections.Discount carrier Spirit Airlines had the highest rate of complaints, followed by United, which took a public-relations beating after video surfaced of airport officers roughly hauling a 69-year-old man off a United Express plane to make room for crew members flying to their next assignment.Southwest Airlines had the lowest complaint rate.___The Transportation Department report can be found at http://bit.ly/2t3KDdx
Internet Services Tech Industry Artificial intelligence (AI) Facebook Tags Comments Share your voice 3 Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer says Facebook’s AI can distinguish between images of marijuana (left) and broccoli tempura (right). Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET Facebook uses both human beings and artificial intelligence to combat some of its toughest problems, including hate speech, misinformation and election meddling. Now, the social network is doubling down on AI.The tech giant has come under fire for a series of lapses, including its failure to pull down a live video of terrorist attack in New Zealand that killed 50 people at two mosques. Content moderators who review posts shared by the social network’s 2.3 billion users say they’ve suffered trauma from repeatedly looking at gruesome and violent content. But AI has also helped Facebook flag spam, fake accounts, nudity and other offensive content before a user reports it to the social network. Overall, AI has had mixed results.Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer on Wednesday acknowledged that AI hasn’t been a cure-all for the social network’s “complex problems,” but he said the company was making progress. He made the remarks in a keynote at the company’s F8 developer conference.Schroepfer showed the audience photographs of marijuana and broccoli tempura, which look surprisingly similar. Facebook employees, he said, built a new algorithm that can detect differences in similar images, allowing a computer to distinguish which was which.Read more: CBD: What it is, how it affects the body and who it might helpSchroepfer said similar techniques can be used to help machines recognize other images that might otherwise escape the social network’s detection.”If someone reports something like this,” he said, “we can then fan out and look at billions of images in a very short period of time and find things that look similar.”Facebook, which doesn’t allow the sale of recreational drugs on its platform, discovered that people tried to work around its system by using packaging or baked goods, such as Rice Krispies treats. The social network can now flag those images by putting together signals like the text in a post, comments and the identity of the user.”This is an intensely adversarial game,” Schroepfer said. “We build a new technique, we deploy it, people work hard to try to figure out ways around this.”Identifying the right images isn’t the only AI challenge the company is facing. When the company was building a smart camera for its Portal video chat device, Facebook had to make sure the technology wasn’t biased and could recognize age, gender and skin tone.Facebook is also trying to train its computers to learn with less supervision in order to tackle hate speech in elections. But as the social network uses AI to moderate more content, it also has to balance concerns that it’s being fair to all groups. Facebook, for example, has been accused of suppressing conservative speech, but the company has denied those allegations. And people might disagree about what’s considered hate speech or misinformation. Facebook data scientist Isabel Kloumann said in an interview that when the company is determining what is hate speech the identity of the person could be an important factor along with who they’re targeting. At the same time, Facebook has to balance safety concerns with whether they’re treating groups of people equally.”We don’t have a silver bullet for this,” she said. “But the fact that we’re having this conversation is the most important thing.”Originally published May 1, 1:46 p.m. PTUpdate, 5:19 p.m.: Adds comments from Facebook data scientist and more background.
Australia opening batsman David Warner will test out his thumb in the domestic Sheffield Shield competition this week ahead of the opening Test against New Zealand.Warner broke his thumb on tour in England and after a long stint on the sidelines will finally get to shake off some rust for New South Wales against South Australia from Wednesday.Warner said the thumb was still ginger and likely to be for the rest of his career, having previously suffered a few knocks on it at the crease.”I think I got hit against India in Brisbane on the same thumb last season as well and the pain is always going to be there,” Warner told reporters in Sydney.Also read: Pink ball can revive Test cricket, says Steve Waugh “It is about me getting through that pain. You speak to any wicketkeeper in the world — they are playing with broken fingers so I am not complaining at all.”Unless I cop another one on the thumb while I am practising or batting out in the middle that is the only thing that will hinder my selection for the first test.”Two weeks ago the doctor said to me come three or four days before the first test it should be completely healing.”Warner will be new captain Steven Smith’s deputy in the three-Test series against New Zealand, which starts in Brisbane from Nov. 5.Also read: Adam Voges questions use of pink ball for Test match He will also be one of the few experienced batsmen left in the Test team after the retirements of fellow opener Chris Rogers, former skipper Michael Clarke and all-rounder Shane Watson.advertisementTheir replacements are yet to be bedded down, with Joe Burns, youngster Cameron Bancroft and Usman Khawaja among the candidates vying for a top order spot.Warner would not be drawn on his preferred opening partner but his former team mate Rogers anointed Burns, who played two Tests against India during the last home summer, as his preferred successor.”Joe has been around for a little while and Cameron has had one good season,” Rogers told state radio.”I’d like him to start off the season and do well again and then show it is not just a one-off.”Burns played in the Test summer last year, was unlucky not to get into that Ashes squad, and now there is another chance for him to come back in.”For me, there is a pecking order, and he’s the next one.”