As long as they don't get in the way, I don't care about that.
I am curious, Michael are the page widths set to 100% all the way around? Like will left align text be basically at the very right edge of my screen or is it more like the current design where things are more centered? Personally I'm a fan of centered content, see:
I would appreciate if the page covered 100% of the browser window width.
If somebody finds wide text hard to read - well, they can always make the window narrower. I prefer to see all the contents I can see without having to scroll the page - obviously, as long as the layout isn't too cluttered and guides the eye with pleasing graphics design.
BTW, I turned off AdBlock on Phoronix after reading a request from the phoronix author that the readers should do so and the site looks really ugly with ads. I guess all sites would look ugly with ads. They are so annoying! But yeah, they pay for the sites' existence. It would be great if AdBlock had an option to download the ads (so that advertisers are happy) but not annoy me with them (so that I am happy, too). Hell, I should just suggest this to the author of AdBlock.