Barkley shines in 56-3 rout of San Jose State

first_imgMatt Barkley’s first throw of his long awaited collegiate debut landed safely in the hands of tight end Anthony McCoy. The only problem, however, was that it went for a 2-yard loss.But Barkley is not one to dwell on early hiccups. By the end of the game, there was little doubt as to why USC coach Pete Carroll had put so much confidence in him.Aided by 343 rushing yards from USC’s backfield, the 18-year-old true freshman overcame a slow start to lead the No. 4 Trojans to a 56-3 rout of San Jose State. Barkley passed for 233 yards with no interceptions, and four tailbacks combined to score six touchdowns for USC.“We just really tried to put it behind us,” Barkley said of a scoreless first quarter in which the Trojans lost two fumbles. “We had a couple bumpy first drives but realized there’s nothing we could do about it. We came out rocking after that.”Barkley admitted a brief moment of jitters as he stepped onto the field of the Los Angeles Coliseum. But as soon as the game started, he showed how comfortable he was playing in the spotlight.“It was so much fun to be out there,” he said. “I felt really at home, and I think the guys did a great job of saying, ‘This is you, just be yourself.’”Carroll was not the only one impressed by Barkley’s performance.“[Barkley] came to the huddle calm and collected,” said McKnight, who rushed for 145 yards and two touchdowns. “He even gave us a couple of pep talks.”After a disappointing start to the game, USC’s offense started to assert itself in the second quarter.With the Trojans’ formidable offensive line clearing space up front, Barkley and company marched down the field on their first drive of the quarter. Barkley completed a 10-yard pass to David Ausberry before Stafon Johnson rumbled into the end zone for USC’s first score of the game.“As we’ve seen so many times over the years, it’s not how you start,” Carroll said. “It’s how you finish. Once the game got going, everything worked in a real positive direction.”Over the next 10 minutes, three different Trojan tailbacks rushed for touchdowns, putting USC up 28-3. The defense also elevated its play, holding the Spartans in check after giving up 67 yards in the first quarter.“Tremendous line play really contributed to that,” Carroll said of the Trojans’ success. “Guys did a fantastic job of picking up different looks and stunts and gave guys running room. The running backs took over from there.”The Trojans picked up right where they left off in the second half. Just three plays into the third quarter, McKnight sliced his way through the Spartan defense on an electrifying 54-yard TD run.“The offensive line made holes, made great blocks,” McKnight said. “That’s what got me open.”The Spartans had little success stopping a slew of other Trojan tailbacks. Marc Tyler rushed for 72 yards and a score, Allen Bradford made a 43-yard TD run and Johnson added two scores of his own.Midway through the quarter, Barkley found Rhett Ellison in the end zone for the only passing touchdown of the game. It was the icing on a nearly flawless performance by the poised freshman, who completed 15 of 19 passes.“Matt Barkley just absolutely handled this,” Carroll said. “It was no big deal for him. … He had a smile on his face, he loved every minute of it. He’s shown us nothing but that since we’ve been around him.”Patrick Perry had 48 rushing yards for the Spartans but didn’t receive much help from his teammates. After gaining 67 yards on offense in the first quarter, the Spartans were held to just 54 the rest of the way.Aaron Corp, who lost the starting job to Barkley just a little over a week ago, took over in the fourth quarter. In the last minutes of the game, he threw a 13-yard TD pass to D.J. Shoemate for the Trojans’ final score.last_img read more

Play Your Part episode 11: synopsis

first_imgHere’s your sneak peek of episode 12 of the Play Your Part television series:Catharien Saayman is the principal of the Abraham Kriel Child & Youth Care Centre in Potchefstroom in North West. She is one of the guests featured on Play Your Part episode 12. (Images: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterCatharien Saayman is the head of the Abraham Kriel Child & Youth Care Centre in Potchefstroom. She oversees the facility, which cares for 230 children from North West.The children are referred to the centre by the children’s court. There are nine houses with adult caregivers who live with the youngsters.Saayman is one of the guests on Play Your Part episode 12, to be broadcast on Saturday, 2 December 2017 on SABC2 at 18:00.Here’s more on the other two guests featured on this week’s episode:Thato MokhothuThato MokhothuMokhothu is the founder of the company RTT Construction in Bloemfontein. She is also the founder of the initiative, Phenomenal Women. The NPO focuses on female and youth empowerment, and does things such as host finance workshops for the target group.Silindile MakhathiniSilindile MakhathiniZinakenjalo Hygiene founder and director Makhathini has a passion for education and the empowerment of women. Her company, Zinakenjalo – a Nguni name – is a 100% black female-owned manufacturing and hygiene company. It produces Authenticare sanitary pads.Play Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 on Saturdays on SABC 2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; orFind out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA;Like us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Lack of sleep makes people angry

first_imgLosing just a couple hours of sleep at night makes you angrier, especially in frustrating situations, a study has found. Other studies have shown a link between sleep and anger, but questions remained about whether sleep loss was to blame or if anger was responsible for disrupted sleep, said Zlatan Krizan, a professor at Iowa State University in the US. The research answers those questions and provides new insight on our ability to adjust to irritating conditions when tired. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Despite typical tendencies to get somewhat used to irritating conditions – an uncomfortable shirt or a barking dog – sleep-restricted individuals actually showed a trend toward increased anger and distress, essentially reversing their ability to adapt to frustrating conditions over time. No one has shown this before,” Krizan said. Study participants were randomly split into two groups: one maintained their normal sleep routine and the second restricted their sleep by two to four hours each night for two nights. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThose who maintained averaged almost seven hours of sleep a night, while the restricted group got about four and a half hours each night. The difference reflects sleep loss we regularly experience in everyday life, Krizan said. To measure anger, researchers had participants come to the lab – before and after sleep manipulation – to rate different products while listening to brown noise or white noise. Krizan said the purpose was to create uncomfortable conditions, which tend to provoke anger. “In general, anger was substantially higher for those who were sleep restricted. We manipulated how annoying the noise was during the task and as expected, people reported more anger when the noise was more unpleasant,” said Krizan. “When sleep was restricted, people reported even more anger, regardless of the noise,” he said. It is well established that sleep loss increases negative emotions, such as anxiety and sadness, and decreases positive emotions, such as happiness and enthusiasm, Krizan said. Researchers measured these effects to more generally understand the relationship between sleep, anger and emotions. They also tested whether subjective sleepiness explained more intense feelings of anger. Sleepiness accounted for 50 per cent of experimental effect of sleep restriction on anger, suggesting individuals’ sense of sleepiness may point to whether they are likely to become angered.last_img read more

Is Atlassians decision to forbid benchmarking potentially masking its degrading performance

first_imgLast week, Atlassian software company released their updated ‘Atlassian Software License Agreement’ and their ‘Cloud Terms of Service’, which would be effective from the 1st of November, 2018. Just as any general agreement, this one too mentions the scope, the users authorized, use of software, and so on. However, it has set up certain restrictions based on the performance of its software. As per the new agreement, benchmarking of Atlassian software is forbidden. Restrictions on benchmarking As per the discussion on the Atlassian Developer Community, Andy Broker highlighted two clauses from the restriction section have been highlighted, which includes: (i) publicly disseminate information regarding the performance of the Software Andy Broker, a marketplace vendor explains this clause as, “This sounds very much like the nonsense clause that Intel were derided for, regarding the performance of their CPU’s. Intel backtracked after being lambasted by the world, I can’t really understand how these points got into new Atlassian terms, surely the terms have had a technical review? Just… why, given all the DC testing being done ongoing, this is an area where data we gathered may be interesting to prospective customers.” (j) encourage or assist any third party to do any of the foregoing. Andy Broker further adds, “So, we can’t guide/help a customer understand how to even measure performance to determine if they have a performance issue in the “Software”, e.g. generating a performance baseline before an ‘app’ is involved? The result of this would appear sub-optimal for Customer and Vendors alike, the “Software” performance just becomes 3rd party App performance that we cannot ‘explain’ or ‘show’ to customers.” Why Atlassian decided to forbid benchmarking? As per a discussion thread on Hacker News, many users have stated their views on why Atlassian planned to forbid benchmarking on its software. According to a comment, “If the company bans benchmarking, then the product is slow.” A user also stated that Atlassian software is slow, has annoying UX, and it is very inconsistent. This may be because most of its software is built using JIRA which has a Java backend and is not Node based. Jira cannot be rebuilt from scratch only slowly abstracted and broken up into smaller pieces. Also, around 3 years ago Atlassian forked behind the firewall for two distinct products, multi-tenant cloud and traditional to get into the cloud sector with a view to attracting more potential customers, thus increasing growth. A user also stated, “Cloud was full buy into AWS, taking a behind the firewall product and making it multi-tenanted cloud-based is a huge job. A monolith service now becomes highly distributed so latency’s obviously mounted up due to the many services to service interactions.” The user further added, “some things which are heavily multi-threaded and built in statically compiled languages had to be built in single threaded Node.js because everyone is using Node.js and your language is now banned. It’s not surprising there are noticeable performance differences.” Another user has suggested, “the better way for a company to handle this concern is to proactively run and release benchmarks including commentary on the results, together with everything necessary for anyone to reproduce their results.” The user added that they can even fund a trustworthy neutral third party to perform benchmarking with proper disclosure of the funding. To read the entire discussion in detail, head over to Hacker News. Read Next Atlassian acquires OpsGenie, launches Jira Ops to make incident response more powerful Atlassian sells Hipchat IP to Slack Atlassian open sources Escalator, a Kubernetes autoscaler projectlast_img read more

Luxury hotel ditching key cards after hackers strike

first_img Tuesday, January 31, 2017 Tags: Austria, Technology Share << Previous PostNext Post >> PARIS — An Austrian luxury hotel says it’s ditching electronic room cards for old-fashioned locks and keys after having their systems frozen by blackmail-hungry hackers.The husband-and-wife management of Romantik Seehotel Jaegerwirt, in the Austrian Alps, says that one recent infection with ransom software resulted in the complete shutdown of hotel computers.They say they were forced to pay roughly 1,500 euros (nearly $1,600) worth of electronic currency to restore their network.Several publications incorrectly reported that the ransomware infection resulted in guests being locked into or out of their rooms.In a series of emails, the hotel said Tuesday that the infection only resulted in new guests being temporarily unable to get keys to their rooms.Hotel co-manager Christina Brandstaetter says the new arrivals were treated to champagne while they waited. Luxury hotel ditching key cards after hackers strike Source: The Associated Presslast_img read more