Miscellaneous tips and tricks

Michał ‘mina86’ Nazarewicz | 14 grudnia 2014

Don’t you hate when you need to do something you had done before, but cannot remember how exactly? I’ve been in that situation several times and sometimes looking up for a correct method turned out considerably harder than it should. To alleviate the need for future Googling, here’s a bag of notes I can reference easily:

Looking for Python stuff? Those are now in separate post:

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Bose QuietComfort 15 vs. JH Audio 13

Michał ‘mina86’ Nazarewicz | 25 maja 2014

A few years back I bought Bose QuietComfort 15 headphones. It was around the time I discovered just how noisy things can get at the altitude of around 10 km. QC15s turned out to be a life saver making an unbearable flights slightly more bearable.

A few months ago I decided to risk substantial amount of money and got custom-made JH Audio in-ear monitors (or IEMs), model JH13 Pro — the risk was especially big since, for obvious reasons, they couldn’t be resold. Was it worth it?

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Map-reduce explained

Michał ‘mina86’ Nazarewicz | 18 maja 2014

Outside of functional programming context, map-reduce refers to a technique for processing data. Thanks to properties of map and reduce operations, computations which can be expressed using them can be highly parallelised, which allows for faster processing of high volumes of data.

If you’ve ever wondered how tools such as Apache Hadoop work, you’re at the right page. In this article I’ll explain what map and reduce are and later also introduce a shuffle phase.

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Review of the EU copyright rules

Michał ‘mina86’ Nazarewicz | 31 stycznia 2014

This is a public service announcement to inform you, if you are not yet aware, that European Union is asking for input on the review of copyright rules. The deadline for submission of the questionnaire is 5th of February so if you want to give your opinion you should hurry.

Answering 80 questions may not be your idea of fun. Fortunately you don’t have to answer all of the questions plus to makes matter easier you can use a simplified web-form at copywrongs.eu or read a simple guide by Amelia Andersdotter, a Swedish Pirate Party politician and Member of the European Parliament.

For more news coverage, head to EFF or TorrentFreak.