The Half-Baked Neural Net APIs of iOS 10

iOS 10 contains 2 sets of APIs relating to Artificial Neural Nets and Deep Learning, aka The New New Thing. Unfortunately, both APIs are bizarrely incomplete: they allow you to specify the topology of the neural net, but have no facility for training. I say this is “bizarre” for two reasons: Topology and the results […]

WWDC Remote Viewing Protips

I attended the 2015 WWDC and made these notes afterwards. Aside from the specifics re. the Apple Watch and AppleTV, they may be of value to those who are considering streaming sessions next week: WWDC: Post-show Streaming is the Key to Value From an editorial perspective, one thing that is clear about WWDC is that […]

Airport Time Capsule considered harmful

The premise of the Apple ecosystem is “It just works.” It is a world of hardware and software in which you pay a premium for not having to worry about fiddling with configurations and command-line options and incompatibility. The Airport Time Capsule is a wireless router that also contains a hard drive for backups and […]

TideMonkey: Development Diary 0

I am publicly committing to developing “TideMonkey,” a tide-prediction application that will run on (at least) iOS and watchOS. TideMonkey will be based on Xtide, an excellent piece of software developed by David Flater. At the moment, my hope is that it will be a very loose port, or what Flater refers to as a […]