You can take a look at how Reddit ET does it. I think that's a layout that can scale really well on tablets and desktops.
Whether that alternative will actually take off is highly questionable but more choice is better for consumers and hackers alike.
 For one thing Steve Ballmer seems too incompetent to make an effective villain.
That said, the word "hacker" has so many definitions it's completely useless anyway, it describes nothing. So don't take this as an agreement with the post you replied to, I would have said "people with dignity" instead of "hacker" haha.
In my books, lack of vowels is the real deal breaker.
That said I'll be grabbing this and giving it a test run.