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While there are security issues with every OS I would take every bet that the chances of being infected running Windows without the precautions you talked about and the author said were necessary compared to the chance of being infected doing the same thing with OS X or Linux are indefinatly bigger. Part of this is of course due to market share, but that is only a part of the story.
You are welcome to your opinion. Personally, I'll just keep giving *all* my important machines the same levels of protection and maintenance.
And that brings us to point number two. Your claim that having 665 unnecessary services running in the background is necessary for having a modern computing experience is simply false.
I made no such claim.
Look at OSX, compare it with windows and you will get a very good idea where one of the fundamental problems of windows lies.
After looking, I was unsurprised to see that OS X has a DNS cacher and a DHCP client active by default as well. Undoubtedly there are other services running by default that are quite arguably "unnecessary" (like, say, the crash reporter or the automounter - heck, my iBook actually appears to be running nfsd by default).