When the brave officer did this, he was just doing his VERY DANGEROUS JOB.
Actually no. The reason Google's cars do this is because they (for now) drive in California. The driver's handbook in California explicitly states that you should at all times keep up with traffic, even if it means exceeding the speed limit a little bit, so that all cars are driving at roughly the same speed. You won't get a speeding ticket, because you are following the law. Presumably, in other areas, the car will be reprogrammed with knowledge of that area's driving rules, and will or won't do this as appropriate.
Wow, is that true? I drive in Cali, I guess I should know that but it's been so long since I looked at the handbook. On my last speeding ticket, I did tell the cop that I was merely traveling equal to traffic, and he shot me a look like I was an idiot. If I knew that tidbit, I might have tried to fight the ticket.
But otherwise, very well done sir.
If you are speaking of a DIY project, that's a different analysis, and could be fun. Good luck if that is what you meant.
Now, with my younger kids back in traditional, I miss the year round. Summers are a pain to manage, kids get bored, and you have to pull kids out of school to go skiing or visit friends in Europe in October.
So, given a choice, I would go back to year round.
Foe, to be vanquished
Maybe the difference would be small, but it's much more probable that the impact of that tiny change, and its accumulated consequences century after century, billions of generations of bacteria later, would have changed everything.
Not really, for the same reason that killing one mosquito generally won't make any difference,
Two types of analysis:
Macro view: Killing a few mosquitoes won't affect overall dynamic equilibrium, the next few millennia are more or less the same as viewed from 30,000 ft.
Micro view: Killing a few mosquitos prevented malaria from spreading to the Berg clan, who became more powerful and wiped out the Valley clan, completely rewriting history for a particular territory of a particular mammal.
Seriously, who ever thought that was a trustworthy guy to begin with?
Dr. Grant: "...just remember, you are alive when they start to eat you, so try to show a little respect, okay?"