IE patch breaks plugins

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Flash, Java, QuickTime, and other plugins could fail to automatically load in Internet Explorer, if the client machine has this new patch. Microsoft is trying to defend against liability from an Eolas patent lawsuit. This lawsuit is old news, but web developers are finally seeing the repercussions. This is one of those annoying patents that should never have been granted. But it was, and Eolas is using it to attack Microsoft.Adobe has an information page up, and they’ve already released a patch for Flex, and “In the coming weeks, Adobe expects to make available alternate solutions to Microsoft’s script-based technique to help make it easier for developers who use active content prepare for the expected changes to Internet Explorer.” This will affect ColdFusion’s Flash forms and charts as well, so I hope Adobe can come up with a work around. By the way, have you installed Firefox yet?