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w00t!!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10609475)

Frost Pist!!! er, First Post!! FUCK GNAA!!!

Besides removing the labels... (3, Funny)

thedogcow (694111) | more than 9 years ago | (#10609480)

Great, now I have to paint each individual lego.

Re:Besides removing the labels... (3, Funny)

Rand Huck (821621) | more than 9 years ago | (#10609494)

I wonder what's more difficult, solving the puzzle or figuring this construction out? I think after finally constructing it, I've spent the last of my sanity... which defeats the purpose of the Rubiks cube in the first place.

Rubic's Boob (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10609685)

I took all the stickers of the original, easily solved.

Thanks a lot (4, Funny)

Pan T. Hose (707794) | more than 9 years ago | (#10609481)

Now when I have almost finished with my old (simplified) Rubik's cube after years of frustration, now I will have a new thing to "play" with. Thanks a lot!

Your sig [way OT] (0, Offtopic)

skadus (821655) | more than 9 years ago | (#10609543)

What does it mean? I've managed to figure out a couple words individually, and obviously it's a play on 'cogito, ergo sum', but when I try to put it together I can't make any sense of it (possibly because I don't know Latin).

'Man is and thinks therefore smells profanely vulgar and desire'?

Re:Your sig [way OT] (1)

svyyn (530783) | more than 9 years ago | (#10610035)

"Homo sum et cogito ergo odi profanum vulgus et libido."

"I am human and think, therefore I hated the comman rabble and pleasure."

progranum vulgus could also be translated as 'wicked masses'.

Regardless, it doesn't seem to make a great deal of sense.

Re:Your sig [way OT] (1)

skadus (821655) | more than 9 years ago | (#10614002)

Ah. Yeah, kinda makes sense now. 'Me am smarte, so me hates dumb peoples.'

On a side note (to no-one in particular), maybe it's just that I'm new here, but why am I getting modded down to zero for a comment I clearly marked as Offtopic? It's not like I show up in the default view, since I'm nested. I actually marked it OT so I *wouldn't* get modded down.

I suppose it only makes sense that my first post to get modded gets modded down for something stupid. Oh, well.

Re:Your sig [way OT] (1)

Eternauta3k (680157) | more than 9 years ago | (#10624181)

The thing is, marked or not, the ones reading in plain or threaded view are going to read it.

Re:Your sig [way OT] (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10610272)

Oh, come on. Don't even bother.

He's just another troll, trying too hard. Pan-t-hose, pantyhose geddit?

The crap in his profile is enough to confirm it.

simplified? (1)

temojen (678985) | more than 9 years ago | (#10609646)

I believe the ones where all the faces were the same colour were marketed as "stupid cube" here.

Now solve it! (-1, Redundant)

Ford Prefect (8777) | more than 9 years ago | (#10609491)

Just need to put it in this [i8.com] for a completely Lego-based Rubik's cube solution!

Re:Now solve it! (-1, Redundant)

Ford Prefect (8777) | more than 9 years ago | (#10609515)

I am a complete idiot. Not only is my Google-found link above in the F article, it's also in the summary. Go me! :-)

Re:Now solve it! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10609519)

It really annoys me that sometimes I cann't moderate redundant because meta-moderators don't check for context. I just got unfair'd because somebody posted the same post twice and got double +5 credit for it - despite my "unfair" redundant marking on the second one. Now you're reposting a link from the original article. Fucking karma whores.

Re:Now solve it! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10609523)

How informative

Taking a link thats in the actual article and posting it trying to get karma

I hope the mod gods strike you down!

Re:Now solve it! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10609537)

Please ignore my previous post.. I didn't realize I was replying to Ford Prefect

Please don't leave me behind when the Vogons come!!

solution (1)

Heem (448667) | more than 9 years ago | (#10609497)

I bet it would be really easy to solve...

Re:solution (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10609644)

yeah, just use some good old H2SO4..

hey you hunky guys (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10609498)

You know that CmdrTaco and a Rubiks Cube have one thing in common.
The more you play with it, the harder it gets.

This post was brought to you by the letters Y-O-U-F-A-I-L-I-T

Massive (5, Informative)

themoodykid (261964) | more than 9 years ago | (#10609524)

The thing weighs 3kg! Maybe you could build up your wrist muscles while solving this thing.

Re:Massive (5, Funny)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 9 years ago | (#10609540)

Methinks there are some other problems slashdotters are more likely to solve which also build up your wrist muscles.

P.S. (0, Offtopic)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 9 years ago | (#10610325)

Just because you're butt-hurt because you can't get a date and you're at home putting the proof to my statement tonight doesn't mean you should mod my above post "Overrated". This one is offtopic, go ahead and mod it down. Then, please go read the moderation faq, especially the part that tells you to concentrate on positive moderation.

Re:Massive (4, Funny)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | more than 9 years ago | (#10609598)

Not to worry, if the thing doesn't work as a Rubik's cube, the builder can always stick this Lego creation [mac.com] next to it and reenact Picard vs the Borg.

Re:Massive (2, Funny)

DrewCapu (132301) | more than 9 years ago | (#10610064)

Maybe you could build up your wrist muscles while solving this thing.
You must be new here. It's common knowledge that just about every /.'er has at least one wrist that gets plenty of exercise already.

Same guy, smaller cube (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10610645)

I don't know why the submitter posted with that link, when the guy just finished this:
http://users.skynet.be/maarten.steurbaut/Ru bik_Cub e_Small.htm

much more compact and friendly. you can even hold it in one hand!

I think I have enough colors! (3, Interesting)

multi-flavor-geek (586005) | more than 9 years ago | (#10609525)

Oh, I know I have nough, white, yellow, red, grey, black, blue, that's a lego rubicks cube waiting to happen!
And this would be more entertaining then just trying to build riduiculasly tall freestanding towers (my records have been limited by ceiling height) or ridiculasly long suspention bridges (using legos as cables and all)
My record on that one was a 9 foot span that held a couple of pounds!
Of course it would not be as entertaining as building the lego airplanes as smashing them into my bedroom walls to se where all of the passengers ended up in my room!

Cool (4, Funny)

nounderscores (246517) | more than 9 years ago | (#10609528)

Next, we need to create The Cube [imdb.com] out of lego and abduct people to put into it.

Re:Cool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10609668)

But could you create a Time Cube [timecube.com] out of Lego?

TimeCube (1)

nounderscores (246517) | more than 9 years ago | (#10610061)

I don't know. I've been educated, so I'm pretty one cornered. Maybe a more four cornered person could do it.

Scramble it... (1)

mstefanus (705346) | more than 9 years ago | (#10609550)

Scramble it in anyway you want!

I can solve it under a minute.

Re:Scramble it... (4, Funny)

satanicat (239025) | more than 9 years ago | (#10609582)

by picking the the colored plates off it and placing them on in order?? =)

Re:Scramble it... (2, Funny)

Usquebaugh (230216) | more than 9 years ago | (#10610158)

OK,

half of it is in London, the other half in San francisco.

All that work for nothing (4, Funny)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | more than 9 years ago | (#10609560)

They didn't need to go to such lengths just to have a Rubik's cube that can be dismantled and rearranged when nobody is looking, the original thing had stickers that were easily peeled off and reglued to solve the cube.

Re:All that work for nothing (2, Informative)

Chris_Jefferson (581445) | more than 9 years ago | (#10609640)

What is more fun is to just swap a few stickers, then give it to someone who claims they can solve the cube. Usually if you swap a few stickers you'll make a new unsolvable problem (it isn't possible to get from any cube to the solution ^_^ )

Re:All that work for nothing (2, Interesting)

benhocking (724439) | more than 9 years ago | (#10610131)

The simplest unsolvable swap is to swap the stickers from both sides of an edge piece. Then, simply twist it a few dozen times to mask it.

However, if the solver is as gifted as he thinks it is, he'll probably get it to a similar configuration fairly quickly at which point he should be able to confidently proclaim that it cannot be solved. (Those who are experts in the cube, which I definitely am not, should also be familiar with its parity states.)

Re:All that work for nothing (1)

Q2Serpent (216415) | more than 9 years ago | (#10611581)

Actually, switching any two stickers (that aren't the same color) will make a cube unsolvable. You need to switch at least three to have a chance at getting to a solvable state.

Re:All that work for nothing (1)

serbanp (139486) | more than 9 years ago | (#10612840)

The thing is, if you know how to solve the cube (I bet millions know how to), you can get to the point where the cube is solved with the exception of the misplaced stickers.

At that moment, you can point out that the cube was altered.

A side question to Rubik's cube lovers: where can one buy a quality one? I have an original cube (made in Hungary) and recently wanted to buy a new one (the sticker corners of the original have worn out). Every single cube I could find was made in China and is absolute crap. The original was made from a plastic that had the right amount of friction and feels very good when rotating the rows (some sort of tactile feedback through the plastic squeaking). The new ones use ordinary plastic and feel bad (I don't think they can be improved by changing the spring pressure or oiling them). So, does anyone make quality cubes these days?

Serban

Re:All that work for nothing (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10609828)

Why would you peel off the stickers when you can take it apart and rearrange it?

Re:All that work for nothing (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10610242)

reFUCKINGdundant. About 98 people posted the same gag already.

wrong cube... (1)

twoslice (457793) | more than 9 years ago | (#10609574)

It would have been much more impressive if it was a Game Cube...

turnable? (1, Insightful)

slimak (593319) | more than 9 years ago | (#10609581)

I'm failing to see how this thing can turn about all three axis -- the pictures only show it being rotated about the horizontal axis, what about the other two planes? The fact that it is build using the circle on the inside seems to me that it would only be able to turn about one axis rather than 3.

Re:turnable? (2, Insightful)

WolfWithoutAClause (162946) | more than 9 years ago | (#10609673)

If you read the article more carefully, you see that the designer went to great lengths to make the design completely symmetrical, (for example figuring out how many bricks thickness are needed to make cubical parts and such like) so if it can rotate one side, it can rotate all of them; just like the original Rubik's cube.

Successful? (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10609593)

He hasn't created a working Rubix cube. The gigantic monstrosity which requires belts on every movement layer to prevent it falling apart is not a working Rubix cube. At best, and the site openly admits this, it is a model or a prototype.

Re:Successful? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10609641)

Aw don't be so negative. It WORKS, it just doesn't work very WELL.

Re:Successful? (1)

BetterThanCaesar (625636) | more than 9 years ago | (#10609803)

I have to admit, this is really interesting. I now feel I have to top him by actually building a cube that works seamlessly :-)

Re:Successful? (2, Insightful)

mod_critical (699118) | more than 9 years ago | (#10609836)

It's SUPPOSED to be like that! Can't you see that this is an open expression of the Microsoft Server platform??? It is built with fixed, proprietary parts that, while they connect well to each other, cause the final product to only operates in one out of the three ways you'd expect it to, require external help to keep it from falling apart, and weigh much more than and be much larger than what would actually work! Geeze go take an art appreciation class.



sorry, I couldn't help it =$

Re:Successful? (-1, Flamebait)

wheany (460585) | more than 9 years ago | (#10610910)

You suck.

Solving (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10609604)

I usually solve rubix cubes by just relocating all the color stickers. With this invention, I can just do it by taking the cube apart and putting it back together without the hassle of peeling stickers! ...now where did I put that blue 2x4 Lego piece...

Re:Solving (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10610181)

You could dismantle the original cube. Just rotate two faces a bit so that it is nolonger possible to rotate in a perpendicular motion. If you try forcing it in a perpendicular motion anyway, the small cubes will all fall leaving only the axis and the center of each face mounted. After that you can mount them all back, way easier and funnier than relocating stickers.

I once SABOTAGED one .... ieuw! (1)

Barryke (772876) | more than 9 years ago | (#10610434)

(when i was a 12 years old) My previous neighbur could solve one in (almost) a blink. He was fond of the game. Whenever I was over at theirs place, i'd try it every time but never ever got it just right. So i dicided to relocate some color labels, once i found out how to click them loose. It wasnt easy. But i didn't finisch the job, i had to go suddenly. After that, it was unsolvable, and he didnt realize. He went crazy whenever he was playing with it.

sorry HTML was set - readable version here (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10610462)

sorry it had HTML set here is the readable version..

(when i was a 12 years old)
My previous neighbur could solve his one in (almost) a blink.
He was quite fond of the game.

Whenever I was over at theirs place, i'd try it
every time but never ever got it just right.

So i dicided to relocate some color labels, once
i found out how to click them loose. It wasnt easy.
But i didn't finisch the job, i had to go suddenly.

After that, it was unsolvable, and he didnt realize.

He went crazy whenever he was playing with it.

Re:Solving (1)

f00zy (783212) | more than 9 years ago | (#10611074)

If you had one, you took it apart and put vasoline on the moving parts. Moving stickers seems pretty primitive.

Gilligan (2, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 9 years ago | (#10609608)

If the professor of Gilligan's Island had legos, he could have built that nuclear reactor in 1 day instead of the 3 it required with coconuts.

Re:Gilligan (2, Funny)

acvh (120205) | more than 9 years ago | (#10611188)

it's not often that I get a glimpse of the future, but I just had one.... hundreds and hundreds of "Gilligan/professor/coconut" posts on Slashdot.

(or have I been missing something all along?)

Re:Gilligan (1)

falcon5768 (629591) | more than 9 years ago | (#10612883)

maybe.... but the dumb shit still wouldnt be able to patch a 3 foot hole

Hmmm.... (0, Redundant)

comwiz56 (447651) | more than 9 years ago | (#10609619)

I bet this would be a little easy to snap the colored bricks off and put them in the right spot... cheaters delight

Now a Rubick's cube for military! (2, Funny)

WetCat (558132) | more than 9 years ago | (#10609631)

Just use only green lego blocks for it!

Re:Now a Rubick's cube for military! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10609658)

lol thats funny!! just like this joke:

how many lame comments does it take before people stop posting them!?

if you're gonna post something, make it something usefull, funny, or intelligent, for the love of God

Re:Now a Rubick's cube for military! (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10610124)

I am not the grandparent poster, but since when is your comment useful, funny, or intelligent? You didn't even spell "useful" correctly!

Easy to Solve, at least (0, Redundant)

VonGuard (39260) | more than 9 years ago | (#10609680)

Just pop off the flats and rearrange...

Should take about 10 minutes, which is about the time it takes me to become frustrated with the real thing and chuck it across the room.

Re:Easy to Solve, at least (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10610255)

fuck OFF!

Great news for engineers everywhere (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10609683)

Seriously - if this guy put his mind to it, he could be a world class engineer designing things that might actually benefit humanity, rather than trying to construct a fad toy from twenty years ago with fad toys from ten years ago.

Adult (fan of) LEGO (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10609760)

The author of the article calls himself an "adult fan of LEGO". Well, I'm a fan of adult LEGO [corrupt.net] !

Re:Adult (fan of) LEGO (1)

rts008 (812749) | more than 9 years ago | (#10612968)

I JUST HAVE to stop telling myself "yeah, I've seen it all now"! LOL! It just goes to show ya that if you can't find it on the internet, it probably can't be found at all.

Ye gods. (4, Funny)

Fortran IV (737299) | more than 9 years ago | (#10609811)

Just when I think the nerd community cannot surprise me any more, along comes something like this article. Not only is there a CAD system [lm-software.com] for building with LEGO, there are enough of them to justify a common graphic interface [ldraw.org] for them. Jeez Louise.

Perhaps the universe has a reason for giving us such lousy social skills. If we ever really worked together, turned all that creativity and ingenuity to a single purpose, we'd have already built the Earth Mark II by now (probably from LEGO), and uncovered the Ultimate Question: How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?

Re:Ye gods. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10609900)

How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?

See here [tootsie.com]

Re:Ye gods. (1)

DrewCapu (132301) | more than 9 years ago | (#10610046)

Ultimate Question: How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?
Um, 42? Wait, that's not how I remembered it. Nice try, but I don't think you have the Ultimate Question.

Re:Ye gods. (1)

Fortran IV (737299) | more than 9 years ago | (#10610323)

Okay, I know earthly research has put the answer somewhere from 144 to 411 [tootsie.com] (thanks, AC), but they do not allow for just how long a tongue Eccentrica Gallumbits [wikipedia.org] brings to each lick. (The issue of multiple tongues may be ignored, totalling the licks by each individual tongue.)

Re:Ye gods. (1)

memco (721915) | more than 9 years ago | (#10615783)

I think they should refine that as well as a few other measurements, and I think we could actually anser the question sufficiently. We simply need to define the length of time the lick takes, the amount of surface area the lick covers, and how much saliva is applied durring each lick. Anyone want to rigidly define a lick? Anyone care a lick?

Re:Ye gods. (1)

zecg (521666) | more than 9 years ago | (#10610048)

Just when I think the nerd community cannot surprise me any more, along comes something like this article. Not only is there a CAD system for building with LEGO, there are enough of them to justify a common graphic interface for them. Jeez Louise.

Reminds me of that program those guys were building in Douglas Coupland's "Microserfs".

Slightly less enormous lego cube (5, Interesting)

jerkface (177812) | more than 9 years ago | (#10609826)

I know a guy who did a slightly smaller cube [ikaruga.co.uk] based on a different design. His page includes a short video showing the cube in operation.

More uniquely, the same guy also has what is probably the world's only complete page on lego logic circuits [ikaruga.co.uk] .

Re:Slightly less enormous lego cube (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10612822)

That cube kicks the other one's ass. much better design !

Another Cube Solving Robot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10609843)

As an aside, we built a robot that images and solves cubes here at the university of our own. It is rather crude looking but we have video to prove it works.

http://osutodd23.tripod.com/Rubiks/RCSR.jpg [tripod.com]

-osutodd23@yahoo.com

Re:Another Cube Solving Robot (1)

antispam_ben (591349) | more than 9 years ago | (#10612136)

It is rather crude looking but we have video to prove it works.

From the comment "Slightly less enormous lego cube":

His page includes a short video showing the cube in operation.

I have little doubt these videos are real, but statements such as "have a video of it" remind me of those videos from that alleged robot allegedly made from a Cooper Mini automobile [slashdot.org] .

A few words about the Rubic cube... (3, Insightful)

A beautiful mind (821714) | more than 9 years ago | (#10609896)

"A famous recent puzzle is Rubik's cube invented by the Hungarian Ern Rubik. Invented in 1974,patented in 1975 it was put on the market in Hungary in 1977. It did not really begin it's infamous popularity until 1981. By 1982 10 million cubes had been sold in Hungary, more than the population of the country. It is estimated that 100 million were sold world-wide."

That is for the facts, otherwise from the brain twisting solution, there is another way to solve it, as few noted before, to strip all the cover from the cube, making it entirely black, which is a valid solution according the rules of the game.

Oh boy its one of the rare moments im proud to be a hungarian, when there is a discussion about hungarian inventions, that is...

That's neat! (-1, Redundant)

targo (409974) | more than 9 years ago | (#10609940)

Now, if we could also make a Lego Solver [i8.com] for it, it would be a geek nirvana.

Re:That's neat! (1)

Mazem (789015) | more than 9 years ago | (#10610989)

Redundant? That isnt redundant (at least that ive seen in this thread), its awesome. Someone made a lego device that solves a rubiks cube.

Re:That's neat! (1)

Mazem (789015) | more than 9 years ago | (#10610998)

Oh god now i feel like a complete idiot.

Not perfect yet... (1)

Liquid Len (739188) | more than 9 years ago | (#10610179)

From TFA:
  • The axes in the centre are not strong enough to hold everything together: gaps appear, big enough for corner- and middle- pieces to drop.
  • Partial solution: strapping belts makes the cube much easier to handle
That's a partial solution all right. All in all, I thing this looks like a fun hack, but it might need some more polishing...

Another cool lego design (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10610382)

Theres is a mechanical automatic transmission [last-outpost.com] made of lego that is pretty clever too. It is the only one I've ever seen that doesnt use the mindstorm controller to shift up and down. It just uses springs. It make make the base of a good Sumo Bot [24tooth.com] for next year's contest.

Try it 4D (3, Informative)

dark-br (473115) | more than 9 years ago | (#10610446)


While the physical cube can currently not be built, you can solve it through the portal of your computer screen. Try it: Magic Cube 4D [superliminal.com]

That's nothing, check out THIS Lego item (2, Interesting)

antispam_ben (591349) | more than 9 years ago | (#10612066)

http://www.henrylim.org/Harpsichord.html [henrylim.org]
Yes, it's what the html filename says it is. Some of the pics appear to have jaggies from aliasing, but a closer look shows they are actual Lego blocks.

Lost Legos (1)

unangst (741479) | more than 9 years ago | (#10615351)

The majority of *my* Legos never made past the following: The void under the couch cushions, family dog (think chewed or untouchable...), vacuum, the day I took a few Legos outside, that heating vent in my bedroom, road trip to the east coast, your younger brother, superglue, hacksaw, driveway gravel, and "lending them to a friend."

Related: "The Tinkertoy Computer" (1)

antispam_ben (591349) | more than 9 years ago | (#10631548)

One more comment for anyone still reading the comments to this article, this book by A. K. Dewdney (one of several who wrote the recreational column that replaced Martin Gardner's "Mathematical Games" in Scientific American, ISTR it was "Computer Recreations" when Dewdney wrote it) may be of interest, the full title of the book is "The Tinkertoy Computer and Other Machinations." This book appears to be out of print, but many used copies are available from used/out-of-print sellers on http://amazon.com/ [amazon.com] and through the book metasearch engine http://www.bookfinder.com/ [bookfinder.com] .

Also, I'm endeavoring to write shorter sentences than the first on in this comment.
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