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Popular modding site Nexus Mods has banned the user who removed the Pride flags in the PC version of Marvel's Spider-Man, sparking an outcry that the site has actively disengaged from. The original mod was called "Non-Newtonian New York," and replaced the in-game Pride flags dotted around New York City with US flags. As today's announcement from Nexus Mods explains, "In regards to the replacement of Pride flags in this game, or any game, our policy is thus: we are for inclusivity, we are for diversity. If we think someone is uploading a mod on our site with the intent to deliberately be against inclusivity and/or diversity then we will take action against it."
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> It sounds like something out of an urban legend: Some Windows XP-era laptops using 5400 RPM spinning hard drives can allegedly be forced to crash when exposed to Janet Jackson's 1989 hit "Rhythm Nation." > >But Microsoft Software Engineer Raymond Chen stands by the story in a blog post published earlier this week, and the vulnerability has been issued an official CVE ID by The Mitre Corporation, lending it more credibility.
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> Australian police last month arrested the man, now 24, and identified at least 201 of his Australian customers, in an investigation that began in 2017 and involved a dozen law enforcement agencies in Europe and Australia, and information provided by Palo Alto Networks and the FBI. The case underscores the sheer scope of the market for stalkerware—the app, costing just $35, was sold for seven years before law enforcement shut it down. Tens of thousands of victims were spied on, police said. Its customers included domestic violence perpetrators and even a child sex offender.
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HackerNoon's ["Noonie" awards website](https://noonies.tech/) is truly a marvel. First, [the content](https://octodon.social/@jalefkowit/108834489545757953). Categories like ["Hackernoon Contributor of the Year - Elon Musk"](https://octodon.social/@jalefkowit/108834737635199742), pearls of knowledge like ["Innovation is not re-inventing the wheel. It is creating a better wheel."](https://octodon.social/@jalefkowit/108834553042584981). Calling CSS ["Cascading Sheet Styles"](https://octodon.social/@jalefkowit/108834834258754666). And a quote about engineers — from Scott Adams, no less! — [with incorrectly encoded quotation marks and apostrophes](https://octodon.social/@jalefkowit/108834840832817866). But more interestingly, the site [seems to leak e-mail addresses of all people who already voted](https://social.coop/@jonny/108835379495867720) (currently over 120 addresses). All the while pushing "web3" by proudly stating: > Web3 in a nutshell is the advocacy of your digital rights. I'm sure your privacy is very important to them.
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