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## Four-Dimensional Rubik's Cube Craziness296

roice writes "Rubik's junkies and puzzlers will be interested in this software rendered four-dimensional analog of Rubik's Cube. With over 1.75E120 possible combinations, it's a mind bender. Free versions are available for both Windows and Linux, and they even publish their source code for download. Solving it will get your name listed in their Hall Of Fame, and there is also a running competition for the most efficient solution. To help get you started, you can check out a solution algorithm based on techniques used to solve the popular three-dimensional version."
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## Four-Dimensional Rubik's Cube Craziness

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• #### Great. (Score:5, Funny)

on Monday June 09, 2003 @01:03AM (#6147619) Homepage Journal
Heck with solving it. There are some things that just aren't worth solving. Now where can I find a software rendered four dimensional analog of a hammer and nail?
• #### nooo (Score:5, Funny)

on Monday June 09, 2003 @01:03AM (#6147622) Journal
it took me long enough to finish the real thing.
• #### Re:Great. (Score:5, Funny)

on Monday June 09, 2003 @01:05AM (#6147630)
instead of greasing it to make it go faster, you ad space-time fabric softener.
• #### Not interested... (Score:4, Funny)

<(ur.tahc) (ta) (doowesor)> on Monday June 09, 2003 @01:06AM (#6147633) Homepage Journal
I can't even figure out the regular one. Hell, I am lucky I can tie my shoelaces in the morning!
• #### Technique number one (Score:5, Funny)

on Monday June 09, 2003 @01:06AM (#6147634) Homepage Journal
Apply a screwdriver to it; reassemble in the proper order.

Um, though that may be a little hard with the program, I'll admit.

Maybe if I apply the screwdriver to the ~~++5#Q%NO CARRIER
• #### Re:nooo (Score:5, Funny)

<jessica AT supjessica DOT com> on Monday June 09, 2003 @01:06AM (#6147636)
Haha, it only took me a minute to solve the 3D version!

I'm sure this 4D version will be just as easy...

Although I'm not sure how I'll peel off the colored stickers and rearrange them with this software version.

Hmmm
• #### thats an easy one (Score:5, Funny)

on Monday June 09, 2003 @01:07AM (#6147639)
and there is also a running competition for the most efficient solution.

duh...just peel off the stickers.
• #### Umm (Score:2, Funny)

by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 09, 2003 @01:08AM (#6147643)
Can someone plz send me a link to a trainer for this. Thx. also no-cd version much appericated.
• #### *Four* dimensional Rubiks Cube? (Score:5, Funny)

on Monday June 09, 2003 @01:09AM (#6147652) Homepage Journal

What, you have to step into the future to solve it? :-D

• #### Re:thats an easy one (Score:3, Funny)

on Monday June 09, 2003 @01:09AM (#6147655) Homepage Journal
Wouldn't that be a violation of the DMCA ?
• #### Be pepared... (Score:5, Funny)

on Monday June 09, 2003 @01:13AM (#6147678) Homepage
Just a word of warning to the foolish and brave. Before you tackle the 4^4 hypercube, make sure you buy an ergonomic mouse and mousepad. My guess is you'll probably develop super-carpal tunnel syndrome before you even you match one side of the damn cube. Also be sure to stockpile a few extra mouses, there's no knowing how many of them you'll be throwing against the wall.
• #### When I was a kid (Score:5, Funny)

by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 09, 2003 @01:17AM (#6147701)
I memorized the solutions to the Rubik's Cube so everyone would think I was smart! Haha, fooled them!

Now I just get drunk and masturbate a lot.

• #### Re:Lego Solution (Score:5, Funny)

by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 09, 2003 @01:24AM (#6147726)
Ahhhhhhhh!

It's LEGO, not LEGO's, not Lego's, not lego's, not lEGO's, not leGO's, not legO's, not lego'S, not LeGo's, not lEgO'S.

It's not LEGOS, legos, LEGOS'.. ITS LEGO

"I have one LEGO, I have two LEGO, I have many LEGO. I enjoy playing with LEGO"

1 LEGO = LEGO
2 LEGO = STILL LEGO

No farking S!!

Ok I feel better now. :)
• #### Re:Not interested... (Score:5, Funny)

on Monday June 09, 2003 @01:36AM (#6147770)
You sound like you could borrow my Rubik's Square. It only took me about half an hour to solve, once I realized that all the squares are the same color.
• #### Re:*Four* dimensional Rubiks Cube? (Score:2, Funny)

by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 09, 2003 @01:44AM (#6147800)
Most slashdot readers don't know about in and out...
• #### Most efficient solution (Score:5, Funny)

<.moc.amrakduab. .ta. .todhsals.> on Monday June 09, 2003 @01:50AM (#6147820) Journal
1) Click OPTIONS
2) Click SOLVE

Two clicks... anyone do better?
• #### No it won't (Score:2, Funny)

on Monday June 09, 2003 @01:58AM (#6147853) Homepage
Um, though that may be a little hard with the program, I'll admit.

No it won't, we just have to wait for someone to come up with a software implimented 4 dimensional hammer...there's probably already one written for emacs...
• #### Re:damn it.... (Score:5, Funny)

on Monday June 09, 2003 @02:01AM (#6147860)
Maybe somebody subjected you to one of my favorite old tricks. Take one corner off of a solved cube and rotate it so that the colors don't match the rest of the cube. Reassemble in this orientation. Presto: unsolveable cube.

Kinda funny -- I've inadvertently subjected myself to this same trick as a child. It always took so long to scramble the thing, it was easier to take it apart and put it back together in random order. Little did I realize there was a very good chance of creating an unsolvable cube.

Furthermore, I went so far as to buy a "how to solve the rubik's cube" book. Followed every goddamn step in that thing, and was pissed when it wasn't working. Eventually I tried it on my sibling's and it worked, and I came to the conclusion that mine was defective. Not sure how long it took me to figure out how mine became defective, but the blame was fully mine. :)

Gotta say, trying to solve an unsolveable puzzle sure kept me busy. It may have gotten my frustration tolerance up high enough that I can stand to debug those really nasty programs....

• #### Re:Most efficient solution (Score:5, Funny)

on Monday June 09, 2003 @02:10AM (#6147886)
1) Click OPTIONS
2) Click SOLVE

Two clicks... anyone do better?
Umm..
3) PROFIT?
• #### Re:Technique number one (Score:5, Funny)

on Monday June 09, 2003 @02:13AM (#6147895) Homepage Journal

That's a violation of your End-User License Agreement and the DMCA.

Please lie face down on the ground, with your legs and arms apart. BSA agents will be arriving shortly to take you into custody.

Schwab

• #### Re:Technique number one (Score:3, Funny)

on Monday June 09, 2003 @02:34AM (#6147939)
Here's a solving technique that works everytime: Simply twist and turn the cube until all sides match up. No additional tools required or embarassing adhesive related situations to deal with...
• #### Re:damn it.... (Score:1, Funny)

by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 09, 2003 @03:27AM (#6148053)
Geez, now you tell me...

I thought I was a moron. Months of trying to solve it, then giving up and buying the book, then spending months trying to understand the book.... never success...

I could have saved a year of my childhood!

All because i was too lazy to just scramble it properly!

Or, maybe I am just a moron.
• #### Re:nooo (Score:2, Funny)

on Monday June 09, 2003 @03:32AM (#6148058) Homepage
Right. So you get a blank cube and a set of stickers...

Why are the Do-it-yourself instructions needed?

Hmm, who are these people who open the box and say "What no directions?! How will I tell which yellow sticker goes where?"
• #### Re:Not interested... (Score:3, Funny)

on Monday June 09, 2003 @04:07AM (#6148120) Homepage
There's your problem...a Rubik's cube isn't to be used to tie your shoes. Pshhh some people.
• #### SOLVE it? (Score:1, Funny)

by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 09, 2003 @04:32AM (#6148165)
Stuff that, I'm having trouble enough reading the
black text upon the black background.
• #### Ok, where's the 5D and 6D? (Score:2, Funny)

on Monday June 09, 2003 @04:36AM (#6148176) Homepage

Heck, It was just too easy.. solved it in less than a minute.

But I won't submit my entry into the hall of fame, otherwise the FBI will come looking for this "human computer" that can perform 10^30 trops, and exceeds export regulations :P

• #### Re:damn it.... (Score:3, Funny)

on Monday June 09, 2003 @05:54AM (#6148388) Homepage
Maybe somebody subjected you to one of my favorite old tricks. Take one corner off of a solved cube and rotate it so that the colors don't match the rest of the cube. Reassemble in this orientation. Presto: unsolveable cube.

Way back in the mists of time I tried that on my school's Rubik's wizard. I took three pieces and rotated them. Gave it to the wizard and waited. Five minutes later he returned the almost complete cube, pointing out the _one_ piece he was unable to get right as it had been rotated.

• #### 1-D Rubik's Cube! (Score:5, Funny)

on Monday June 09, 2003 @06:29AM (#6148467) Journal
I found this great 1-D Rubik's Cube, here, I can embed it here on this page:

.

The interface is simple: just look at it. Quantum mechnaics dictates that observing it changes it's state so just assume it's solved.

Here is a magnified version:

.

If you still have trouble with it, my book will be coming out pretty soon.
• #### Re:Lego Solution (Score:2, Funny)

on Monday June 09, 2003 @05:26PM (#6155020)
> It's not LEGOS, legos, LEGOS'.. ITS LEGO

It's not "ITS", it's "IT'S".

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