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German Government urges People to STOP USING INTERNET EXPLORER!!

We’re putting the finishing touches on our new site design but one of the bugs we’re having is… Internet Explorer compatibility. Now even the Germans are on our side against the browser that makes sites do weird things and can even potentially make you vulnerable to hacker attacks.

(Reuters) – The German government urged the public on Tuesday to temporarily stop using Microsoft Corp’s Internet Explorer following discovery of a yet-to-be repaired bug in the Web browser that the software maker said makes PCs vulnerable hacker attacks.

It issued the warning as a researcher said he found evidence that suggests the hackers who exploited the flaw were seeking to attack defense contractors.

Microsoft said on Monday that attackers can exploit the bug in its Internet Explorer, used on hundreds of millions of computers, to infect the PC of somebody who visits a malicious website and then take control of the victim’s computer.

The German government’s Federal Office for Information Security, or BSI, said it was aware of targeted attacks and that all that was needed was to lure Web surfers to a website where hackers had planted malicious software that exploited the bug.

“A fast spreading of the code has to be feared,” the German government said in its statement.

BSI advised all users of Internet Explorer to use an alternative browser until the manufacturer has released a security update.

Officials with Microsoft did not respond to a request to comment on the move by the German government, although the company downplayed the impact of the flaw in a written statement.

“There have been an extremely limited number of attacks,” said company spokeswoman Yunsun Wee. “The vast majority of Internet Explorer users have not been impacted.”

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Other Browsers we recommend over Microsoft Internet Explorer

Google Chrome
Mozilla Firefox

Ring the Bell! Vimeo adds a Tip Jar

Love a video so much that you could just marry it – why not send it a dowry. Vimeo’s new “in kind” option allows users to send a tip to the creators of the video (and we’re not talking “wear sunscreen” kind of tips). Also in the works is a pay-per-view option which could change the way video creators make money on the net.

Vimeo’s Official Announcement

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How to add LASERs to a Cute Dog Video

Learn how to use Trapcode Particular in After Effects to turn a cute, adorable puppy into an awesome superhero using the magic of VFX. Watch as the 5 Minute FX Guy shows how to create animation by setting points and scaling size, how to create new compositions, how to add ripple effects, how to combine compositions, how to rotate XY&Z axises, how to activate beam effects, how to create text effects, and how to use wipe tools in your videos

Is there such a thing as an Oppurtunity of a Lifetime?

J.C. Chandor’s first feature film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay. Was it an opportunity of a lifetime or an opportunity borne from years of hard work and struggling?

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Is there such a thing as an opportunity of a lifetime? During the first two days of IFP’s Independent Film Week, it became clear that the answer is yes and no. Yes, a conversation, a short film, a meeting, a festival acceptance, can be the opportunity that changes everything, but a career isn’t just a year or one film – it’s a lifetime of dedication to craft. In his impressively extemporaneous speech, J.C. Chandor (above) recalled not the glories of having his first feature, Margin Call, nominated for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay, but the 15 years he spent trying to become a feature filmmaker: “I am 38 years old, and I’ve been trying to be a filmmaker as my profession probably for right about on the nose of twenty years.”

Chandor spoke in impressive detail about the years of financial insecurity and doubt he faced trying to get his first feature off the ground, including the nightmare of having a film basically ready to shoot only to have an investor pull out at the last minute. Chandor emphasized that this wasn’t the fault of some boogie man known as “the industry” keeping him down, but it was because he “had a long history of mediocre output. I never had from a creative standpoint anything that could be classified as good, let alone great.” Chandor put it simply, “I couldn’t find the story that would have have gotten me off of my ass to go make it. At the time, I never would have said that because I had five or six stories that I wanted to tell, but no one of them ever got me to put myself out there in a way that is needed.” Despite years of considering himself a failure, Chandor stuck with it, eventually coming up with the idea for the low budget Margin Call, which he called “the greatest writing experience of my life.” It was the right story at the right time, and as Chandor put it, “You’re going to make your first feature when you come to the right story.”

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