LWN looks just fine here with 300% magnification on 800x600 - with "Fit-to-Width" option in Opera, of course. The problem is typical: to optimize for vast majority (normal people with normal screens) or to optimize for fringe case. IMNSHO the former is a must, the latter is optional - especially when users of said fringe cases have a working alternative (here it's "Fir-to-Width" option in Opera).
What is easier: to fix layout on thousands (or even millions) of sites or to fix one browser ? It can be done (as Opera shows) so the answer is obvious: if people care enough about such fringe cases then they can take Mozilla (or WebKit) sources and implement "Fit-to-Width" option, if not - they can at least stop complaining.
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