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Jessica Fridrich on rubik's cube

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Uploaded on May 10, 2008

Best speed method cube 3x3x3

creator method is Fridrich

9 mars 2002 06:22:57
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Hello everybody, I would like to ask you for your honest opinion regarding the following issue. A friend of mine said that my system is to the speedcubing as Bill Gates to software, with both the positive and negative sides. According to him, my supposedly "brute force" approach basically killed other, more elegant approaches that nobody keeps on developing. He did not mention what approaches he had in mind, though. I was very surprised to read those words because I never forced my system to anybody and neither did I try to "sell it". In 1995, I put my page up with my only intent - to share my knowlegde. To this day, I never even bothered to put a counter on my pages, so I was not aware of the extent of the popularity of this system till I was actually called upon joining this club. Thinking more about this issue, it brings me towards asking the natural question: "What do you see as incentives in using my system over other approaches?" I voiced my opinion about systems on my page already in 1995 - it is not the system that makes a good speedcubist, but the level of detail to which the system is worked out and the amount of hard work spent practicing. This is confirmed by comparing the best cubists and the fact that the fastest people tend to average around 17 seconds no matter what system they use (it is like a some sort of "law of nature"). Furthermore, unfortunately, top-speedcubing IS a question of brute force, like it or not. An "elegant system" with a few algorithms could be improved by adding more algorithms. But then you follow the path towards complexity again. I am surprised that the by-layers method is so predominant nowadays. In 1982, most of the cubers in the first 10 places used corners-first (unless I am mistaken - Lars do you have a better statistics?). Is it just because no comprehensive description of the corners-first system is available on the net? How about Minh Thai's system? That should be good, too, right? My final thought, if I truly am the Bill Gates of speedcubing with the negatives and positives, then I should become unhealthy rich soon, am I right? :) BTW, thanks for reading if you made it that far.

Jessica

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Jiri Fridrich 1982 Budapest WC 1982

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