Use Microsoft Store to trick unsuspecting users to give you all their data

Privacy is hard these days. Tech companies want to know everything about you to show more and more advertisement, or to sell the data to the third parties, who then resell to the next ones, then further, until a a toy vendor knows more about your kids, than you do.

Your Data: Give it to us meme with Lt. Commander Data

The app permission systems, that became popular with Android and iOS are a godsend. Now your bookreader app does not know your location, who your friends are, and can’t upload your private photos to their servers as a part of “analytics telemetry”.

Microsoft introduced a similar system with Windows 8 for the apps installed from the Microsoft Store, and expanded it in Windows 10 to any app packaged in a special way. So when you install an app from Store, you can be reasonably sure, that it does only what it is supposed to, right? Not so fast!

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Deep learning - Not C#

In Silicon Valley season 4, Jian-Yang builds an AI app that identifies pictures of hotdogs. Today I am going to make a similar app to identify C# from code fragments (in case you forget how C# looks like!).

Look at this Python trying to pretend to be your favorite language:

var = await.add(item)

Of course the whole thing from building and training a deep convolutional network to the cross-platform UI will be written in .NET + TensorFlow.

Not C# screenshot, showing Python detected

Advanced-level tutorial on training a deep convnet to classify language from code fragments

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Indenting contents of namespace in C#

C# occupies a lot of horizontal space. Pretty much every file has a namespace, which by default adds 4 characters, and then another 4 characters from the actual class you are trying to define.

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The Mercurial Archive

How often do you look at the code you wrote ~10 years ago? Bitbucket announced Sunsetting Mercurial Support, including complete removal of all repositories using that source control system. So naturally, as one of the unfortunate souls who initially picked HG over Git, I checked out what I had there.

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