Microsoft Continues to Prey Upon the Overly Cautious with Patent Deals

“Apparently Microsoft has a thing for conservative Japan. Just
when I thought Microsoft had closed patent cross-licensing deals
with every Japanese firm ever to have considered corporate
existence, Microsoft surprises me with a deal with Onkyo.

“So far Microsoft’s list includes the needy (the various
second-rate Linux distributions and Novell, which is a first-class
Linux distribution with second-class aspirations of how to build on
its technical merit) and the overly cautious (Japanese and Korean
electronics companies for whom it’s easier to just pay rather than
try to figure out whether Microsoft’s machinations are