In journalism, when someone says "news you can use" it typically refers to service-oriented stories: things like an explainer on the most basic Bitcoin questions or how to revive an old Gameboy. But often everyday stories have tangible life lessons to offer for readers paying attention; some weeks you really don't even need to look that hard.
When Tumblr decided to ban anything it deemed porn, for instance, we should have (and quite frankly did) see this coming. The site's backbone over the years has been built to some degree on its openness towards hosting sexual content from a wide range of communities marginalized elsewhere: LGBT, kink, fetish, and BDSM communities, for example. So suddenly telling these dedicated users to go elsewhere logically means the site will be hurting sooner rather than later. (The lesson? Know your strengths and don't ostracize your customers.)
For this week's Orbital HQ, we decided to reemphasize a few of the more obvious bits of usable news that recently came across the Ars front page. Hopefully these takeaways remain obvious for most readers, but as the stories themselves suggest, evidently not everyone has gotten the memo yet.