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No-Win Scenario Solution

(Kobayashi Maru Scenario)

Perhaps consider the wisdom of James T. Kirk, 
the first captain of the Star Trek Enterprise, 
from the movie "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan":

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[Capt. Kirk speaking to Spock]

KIRK:    Aren't you dead?

[Spock almost smiles.]

KIRK:    I assume you're loitering around
         here to learn what efficiency rating
         I plan to give to your cadets.

SPOCK:   I am considerably curious.

KIRK:    They destroyed the simulator room
         and you with it.

SPOCK:   The Kobayashi Maru scenario
         frequently wreaks havoc with
         students and equipment.

         (dry) As I recall you took the test
         three times yourself.  Your
         final solution was, shall we say,
         unique?

KIRK:    (solemn) It had the virtue of never 
         having been tried.

SAAVIK:  Sir?  May I ask you a question.

KIRK:    What's on your mind, Lieutenant?

SAAVIK:  The Kobayashi Maru, sir.

KIRK:    Are you asking me if we're playing
         out that scenario now, Lieutenant?

SAAVIK:  On the test, sir.  Will you tell
         me what you did?  I would really
         like to know.

[Kirk looks at Bones, who smiles]

BONES:   Lieutenant, you are looking at the
         only Starfleet cadet who ever beat
         the no-win scenario -

SAAVIK:  How?

KIRK:    I reprogrammed the simulation so it
         was possible to rescue the ship.

SAAVIK:  WHAT?!

DAVID:   (laughs)  He cheated!

KIRK:    I changed the conditions of the test.  
         I got a commendation for original
         thinking.

         (pause)

         I don't like to lose.

SAAVIK:  Then - you never faced that situation
         - faced death...

KIRK:    I don't believe in the no-win scenario.

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