Regulation of drones in the hands of civilian pilots took a big step forward today. The Federal Aviation Administration announced that all units weighing between 0.55 pounds and 55 pounds must be registered by February 19th, 2016. Anyone caught flying without proper registration after that date could face stiff penalties. The FAA says civil penalties include a fine of up to $27,500. Criminal penalties include a fine of up to $250,000 and up to three years in jail.
I wrote earlier today about my frustrations with The Simpsons' voice work, which has become the least interesting part of a show that's doing its best to creatively tread water. A number of people have already responded that the solution to the show's casting problems is for The Simpsons to finally end. That almost happened in December 2011 due to similar circumstances.
One of the more popular posts to pop up in my Facebook News Feed last week was a friend's request for advice on whether he should quit Apple Music and just go back to Spotify. Seemingly everyone I knew had an opinion on the streaming services, ranging from "Apple Music is garbage" to "try Google Play Music instead." A healthy number of commenters had tried at least two services and decided which one worked for them. Yet a few people had seemingly stuck with the first company's product they'd tried, oblivious to the benefits and pitfalls of competing ones.
McLaren has unveiled a new concept for a Formula One car: the MP4-X. It's a "vision of the future" that looks deadly, but comes with a strong focus on safety. As well as a heads-up display similar to those seen in fighter jets, and tire sensors that warn drivers of imminent blow-outs, the MP4-X incorporates an enclosed cockpit — a change to F1 design currently being considered by the sport's bosses to prevent head injuries.
Never underestimate the power of spreadsheets. While trying to learn Visual Basic for work, Reddit user crruzi created a top-down version of XCOM playable in Microsoft Excel. This version, dubbed EXLCOM, manages to retain some of the more iconic gameplay mechanics of the turn-based tactics series, such as destructible walls, and also includes a level editor.