While I agree whole heartedly with the basic message behind your post, it IS possible to adjust font sizes, so you could use a higher resolution without making it impossible to read.
I saw someone else say this, and it seems to bear repeating... That for a self-styled leader of technology like Cnet not to be able to master such basic and fundamental concepts, should be a major embarrassment to Cnet.
Having done some web design work in the past, I know exactly how easy it would be for Cnet to create a second, or even third, stylesheet for their sites, that would take care of these issues. And how they could choose to use relative positioning of HTML elements to let the site scale to different resolutions. This is EXACTLY the sort of thing Cascading Style Sheets were created for. Sure it's extra work to maintain all that, but if you do it right the first time, it'll be minimal extra work. Surely a great and glorious leader of the tech world like Cnet can handle such trivial matters.
Though I fear we're complaining in the wrong place, and even if we were complaining in the correct place, it would be for naught. Cnet is a company that is in the middle of an identity crisis. It's trying to be too many things to too many people, jumping on every new fad that comes along it can. Along the way, it's lost sight of its core customer base. It's quite simply a failure of the top management at Cnet, and top management at a company like Cnet tends to live in the fabled ivory tower. I might well soil myself out of surprise if the Cnet CEO had ever had direct interaction with some of the company's everyday customers. It's up to the Cnet shareholders to force change, but they're usually more interested in making a quick buck on the stock than long term sustainable growth strategies and building equity in the company. It's a vicious circle, and it's people like us who get caught in the middle.
I'm really bombed out when I have to scroll left to right on any web page. I love CNet forums, but it is a constant matter of that irritating scrolling that may make me stop using it. Yeah, I've tried adjusting my screen resolution, but then the type is so small it becomes a chore to read it. And, other websites designed to use my screen resolution look ridiculous in the browser. I don't care what "statistics" say about screen resolution,the vast majority of web sites are constructed to fit 800x600 res. Either that, or the web masters are smart enough to code them to fit various resolutions. Whatever it is, I am about about to deny any of these left/right scrollers access to my computer. I can always find the little "x" in the top right hand corner of the page.