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Kobayashi Maru

The right way to cheat, is to cheat the third time taking a test that normally only gets administered once... and making it painfully obvious to everyone watching that, yes, you cheated.

It's so painfully weird in Star Trek that anyone acts as if Kirk was trying to fool anyone with that form of cheat. WEIRD. It should be so obvious that he put on a little show for everyone, a little joke. WTF.

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chenoameg
May. 14th, 2009 03:47 am (UTC)
how in the original timeline did he beat the kobayashi maru test?
crs
May. 14th, 2009 03:50 am (UTC)
Even more theatrical. He hailed the Klingons, identified himself, and they responded, "THE Captain Kirk?" and offered to help with the rescue operation.
crs
May. 14th, 2009 03:53 am (UTC)
Oh, and in case it's not obvious, I meant no sarcasm in the original post. He cheated the right way; this theatrical "hack" is way better than something more subtle, that he might have conceivably "gotten away with" had the test not been a fix in the first place.
soong
May. 14th, 2009 04:49 am (UTC)
I think in the original he also beat it by hacking, but more subtly. It was something he dangled out years later in conversation with Bones or Spock. They'd heard he had been the only one to beat it, and the topic came up so they asked how and he smugly replied, "I cheated."

I'm not sure if I like the over-the-top cheat or the subtle cheat better.

Also, I'd defend it as exactly the right strategy to employ for all those times when some strange alien power abducts you and puts you through tests and mind games. Cheat like hell. ;-)
crs
May. 14th, 2009 05:22 am (UTC)
There was nothing subtle about his hack, in the novel...
flexagon
May. 14th, 2009 03:54 am (UTC)
I didn't think anyone thought he was being sneaky -- I just thought they thought he was an arrogant dick. And in that, they had a point, actually. :)
nakor
May. 14th, 2009 04:13 am (UTC)
Compare to the Skull House Athena worm hack: obviously a hack and a joke, but still a serious rules-of-use violation.
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