Microsoft patches IE security hole, human rights activities fully resume

Ready for an update? Good. If you're still using Microsoft's Internet Explorer (versions 5.01 to 8) for some inexplicable reason, there's a patch that you should probably install on the double -- that is, if you're a hardcore human rights activist that just might end up on a Chinese hit list. All kidding aside, the devs in Redmond have broken free from their usual monthly update cycle in order to push out a patch to fix the hole that was exploited by a group of sophisticated hackers last week. Refresh that Windows Update if you're scared, or -- you know -- just download one of the many other free web browsers that are far, far superior to IE.