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FastNOC says

I don’t know the process for reviewing, but this is normal procedure for E3D projects.

the one change you could make, is in your docs, create a separate directory for the models, and instruct users how to move the files to their models folder within e3d. the eliminates the missing files that need to be relinked. but it’s the only way I know how. and I purchase e3d projects all the time and almost always use the relink method.

Are you sure it’s not something else? because like I said, most E3D projects here use the relink method. Some authors instruct moving the models but not normally

by the way, to Envato, I for one PREFER relinking the models, because I don’t like clogging up my default directory with extra models. relinking them keeps it much cleaner. Just my view

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FastNOC says

Actually yes, that’s standard procedure.

If someone reports a server spamming, or sending out DDoS, or even simple brute force attacks, the first cause of action is always to remove the server from the network.

Mitigating damage is always priority 1. They have to protect themselves.

Now, if they didn’t verify it was happening, bad on them, but if it was confirmed, immediate removal from the network is appropriate.

This goes back to the problem. These aren’t managed services. They are self managed. So the NOC doesn’t even have authority to investigate by logging in and even looking. Their action is limited. That’s the whole point of unmanaged servers. That’s why they’re dirt cheap

I understand your point, believe me I do. But think of it the other way around. I call your NOC because my sites/servers are being attacked by a machine on your network. You confirm it, and your response to me is ‘Well we notified the owner’ was the response? The first thing i’d be doing is contacting a lawyer. Once they confirm the illegal activity they’ve been put on notice. from that point on THEY are liable. The onus is on them as a whole anyway in reality, i mean things trickle down. but if they know there is illegal traffic and they don’t immediately stop it once notified, that’s a very bad thing

the proper response is this:

Contact is made alerting them attacks are coming from their facility. They investigate and confirm of find no problem. if they find a problem, immediately remove the server from the network and alert the customer.

There should be an escalation procedure for these things.

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FastNOC says

We’ve been using DO since they opened. We actually use many different services similar to this.

one of the biggest problems with this type of thing is it lends itself to people opening up droplets that might not be quite as familiar with security as a server administrator.

We’ve been in the business of hosting since 1996, and do all facets of it from Cloud, to Grid, to co-locations, to VPS. We scaled back 5 years ago and only host for large clients now. Why? security security security. it became a full time job just maintaining hardware and after evaluating it determined the cost was too high to continue.

There is no question that every single thing that happens on those droplets is the responsibility of the owner. Hardening a server is not a luxury, it’s a requirement, and not only that, it requires someone with substantial experience in that area to do it. This is one reason I think it’s not so great that these services are getting so popular. They are greatly contributing to the amount of DDoS attacks and that’s why you’re seeing places like DO take a no tolerance stance and shut down servers getting reported.

I honestly don’t think people understand the depth of knowledge it takes to EFFECTIVELY administer a server.

If you’re going to spin up instances anywhere on the web, it’s going to be the same story. if you’re not very familiar with security, you need to HIRE someone to harden your server, and that is not a one time job. it requires frequent maintenance, and repeated effort. The reality is by far, MOST people running VPS type services should be hiring people to manage them

Just the mere task of updating packages on your instances can make the difference in vulnerability, not even taking into account actual firewall work.

you simply cannot just spin up an instance and be off to the races. The moment your server hits the web it is INSTANTLY being attacked.

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FastNOC says

I really want that badge this time. Here is my entry for the contest :) Fingers crossed !!! http://videohive.net/item/pay-per-click-ppc-marketing-explainer/8825628

That’s a great project! I watched that yesterday! You’re going to sell a lot of that one. Especially since you went the extra mile and included the VO

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FastNOC says


sigh… guess I better get to work and earn some money so i can afford this one.
better create an item for the contest then :)

Believe me I’m not even in the same hemisphere as artists like you. I’m too intimidated to even attempt something like that lol

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FastNOC says

“Refreshed user interface design” Interesting…

yeah this one concerns as much as excites me :)

how in the world AE doesn’t have font family visual representation is beyond me

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FastNOC says

oh you never know when they might come in handy. But it’s always good not to think about the money spent on plugins and licenses. I have bought many stock footage packs, motion graphics etc and never used them. If I would think about the money I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night :D But I’m confident one day a freelance job will require exactly those things :D

true, but my problem is buying things that were way too advanced for me at the time I got them. Cheap ones I’ve done too. Plexus is one. When I got it, I had not a clue how to use it, and the same with…... hold on now…. Borris Continuum Complete. Price that one :) but I have started trying to learn it now.

I took crash courses on all this, I’ve been a programmer for 25 years, but only using AE for about 1.3 years now

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FastNOC says


I bought motion pulse shockwave bundle (like a dummy I bought nearly every plugin under the sun when i first got going) and if I remember correctly there aren’t that many pre-rendered videos. Well compared to what I thought would be a lot. there are 50 pre-rendered mov files which are all just variations of the shockwave. most of the package is audio files ( i could be wrong here, but the last time I looked that’s what it was)

Hey John,

Motion Pulse was the main product, that is the sound effects library. You can buy it bundled with shockwaves, but what you bought was essentially a big sound pack bundled with some shockwave renders. Shockwave can also be bought on its own for 50 bucks I think.

So don’t be surprised that there are more sound effects than shockwaves, that is what you bought ;)

by the way, that’s a drop in the bucket. you’d laugh your butt off if you knew what i spent on plugins that being a bit more experienced now I had absolutely no use for.

course I could take the time to learn them, but I’m lazy some times.

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FastNOC says


I bought motion pulse shockwave bundle (like a dummy I bought nearly every plugin under the sun when i first got going) and if I remember correctly there aren’t that many pre-rendered videos. Well compared to what I thought would be a lot. there are 50 pre-rendered mov files which are all just variations of the shockwave. most of the package is audio files ( i could be wrong here, but the last time I looked that’s what it was)

Hey John,

Motion Pulse was the main product, that is the sound effects library. You can buy it bundled with shockwaves, but what you bought was essentially a big sound pack bundled with some shockwave renders. Shockwave can also be bought on its own for 50 bucks I think.

So don’t be surprised that there are more sound effects than shockwaves, that is what you bought ;)
oh I’m not arguing at all, it’s completely my fault for not knowing. it was 200 bucks, or one for 50 i think? the audio files are pretty awesome though. I just don’t do much stuff like that, most of what i need it music tracks.

not their fault at all, I accept the onus on that

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FastNOC says


In this case of E3D, it makes it just unnecessary for those who were ethical enough to buy a license but are restricted to use it in all parts of their work.

I was one of the souls who bought E3D and it was a big bummer when I found out about the pre-render thing. I never came around to make a project file with it. I still don’t get how an animation that your create with your own 3D models and stuff can fall under the license of some other dude. Imagine if all the 3dsmax and cinema renders had the same thing.
However, I just found out from this thread that Shockwave is an actual footage gallery, and obviously not a plugin like.. Let’s say ‘Particular’ which acts like a creation tool. In this matter I can see why OP posted this thread and I guess he has the rights to question it. It’s like using a Digital Juice Fire footage as a pre-render and selling it here with the project.

I bought motion pulse shockwave bundle (like a dummy I bought nearly every plugin under the sun when i first got going) and if I remember correctly there aren’t that many pre-rendered videos. Well compared to what I thought would be a lot.

there are 50 pre-rendered mov files which are all just variations of the shockwave. most of the package is audio files ( i could be wrong here, but the last time I looked that’s what it was)

My problem was i thought it would be some sort of GUI that would help going through the files (sort of like the visual display of e3d) with it’s own workspace, but it’s not. it’s essentially just a bunch of nested folders with the files.

I will admit, i didn’t do much with it, in fact I don’t think i’ve ever used anything from it because it wasn’t what i expected. so don’t take my word as golden. it’s just what i remember

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