Yeah, cause it worked so well the last time a few Chinese peasants tried to revolt by gumming up the army's tanks' treads with their corpses.
Sort of brings a whole new meaning to the phrase "Chinks in the armor" doesn't it?
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Oh, and I forgot one:
4) Lead character crashes into a planet and just happens to land within walking distance of wise old elder who can reveal everything to him......
Actually with regards to 4) - I was thinking some vague targeting protocol had Kirk land within a few kilometres of a Federation outpost. This as opposed to something totally random.
It would be akin to a death sentance throwing someone into the midst of a frozen waste with little prospect of survival - something tells me young Spock did not intend for Kirk to die on that planet.
It goes the same for Nero with old Spock; the Federation outpost happened to be the point where both could safely approach, and that which both Nero and young Spock pinpointed for this purpose.
So...Yoda/Dagobah this is not. Though I do agree with your other three points.
Many posters here seem to be unaware of the actual history behind this fellow's arrest and trial. The guy was eventually tried in Germany during 2006.
From Wikipedia's Half Life 2 article:
"He was to be offered a flight to the USA and was to be arrested on arrival by the FBI. When the German government became aware of the plan, Gembe was arrested in Germany instead, and put on trial for the leak as well as other computer crimes in November 2006, such as the creation of Agobot, a highly successful trojan which harvested users' data.
"At the trial in November 2006 in Germany, Gembe was sentenced to two years' probation. In imposing the sentence, the judge took into account such factors as Gembe's difficult childhood and the fact that he was taking steps to improve his situation."
Considering he walked, that's pretty light as he was involved in authoring a hard hitting trojan and intruded on networks amongst other things. But still there we are, and I guess we enter the argument that punishments don't often fit crimes.
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