the-inbetween yearly archives for: 2014

Worms

As someone that spends his working time writing code to power user interfaces, a very simple form of computer thinking (if input received here, output this there), this Hacker’s Guide to Neural Networks is perhaps a little beyond my purview. At their core neural it’s doing the same as my UI code but rather than one procedure converting input to output you have a network of them. Intelligence arises from the system. This is evident in ant colonies: Ants Swarm…

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Google, Not Now

I used to use Google Now on my Android phone. Its easy identification of my home and work locations and my daily commute was distressing but overall it was mildly useful for some weather, commute times, sports, and random internet stuff once in a while. It gave me some scores when the World Cup was going on without having to type “World Cup” into Android’s all-seeing Google search bar. One day it started giving me the weather for Boston. I…

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This Month in Phone Tabs

Earlier this year we bought a new Nexus 5 to replace my old Nexus One that probably fell out of my pocket during a movie at the O2 Cineworld and someone found and didn’t return because they’re assholes. Whoever took it immediately turned the phone off after we realized it was gone — it rang and wasn’t answered, then was switched off — and I kept checking Android Device Manager for weeks hoping it would show up because of a…

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