Titled "The Microsoft Protection Racket", this opinion piece in at PC Magazine's web site is about as bitter as I've ever known John C. Dvorak to be.
I've been hearing more and more variations on this theme from regular users, as well, of late. Even a lot of staunch Windows and Microsoft boosters are now expressing similar thoughts. While I'm no Microsoft fan, I do like many of their products to the point where I'm often willing to deal with their shortcomings to be able to use them. I think a lot of people have felt like that and I'm now forced to wonder if Microsoft is losing the PR battle due to lack of security diligence, or the perception thereof.