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[spoiler=WCA Outlaws G Perms, World Records Smashed
F AND N PERMS ALSO BANNED
by Shelley Chang]WCA Outlaws G Perms, World Records Smashed
F AND N PERMS ALSO BANNED


(SYDNEY) - IN an unprecedented move by WCA officials Saturday, the execution of several PLL algorithms were outlawed effective immediately. Citing difficulty in execution, Ron van Bruchem banned all G, F and N permutations. Consequently, all solve attempts finishing with one of these permutations are now automatically considered solved.

Feliks Zemdegs of Australia promptly set new world records in the 3x3 speedsolve event with a 3.55 second single and 5.79 second average in the first round of the Sydney Open on Saturday morning. "Two of my solves ended in G perms, and another one was an N perm," said the record holder, whose records are now even more unapproachable by mere mortals. "It's like getting free PLL skips!"

Andrew Nelson of the United States, co-founder of "Who Does the F-perm?", the campaign to outlaw the F perm started in 2008, is thrilled that his movement has gained international acceptance and legitimacy. "For the past three years, I've only known 20 PLLs," said Nelson, who refuses to accept the existence of the F perm. "Now I can forget even more of them." He did note the irony that Michael Bennett, the other co-founder of "Who Does the F-perm?", is one of the few people who cannot realize the full advantage of this new regulation. Bennett uses the Roux method, which does not deal with PLL at all unless certain steps happen to be skipped. Bennett could not be reached for comment, and there is speculation that he is on permanent vacation in his homeland, the landlocked island of Smerbia.

Not all cubers are as enthusiastic about the ban. American cuber Daniel Hayes is ignorant of PLL names. He deals with the new regulation by assuming all his PLLs are G perms and stops solving. "I've set a new personal best, but my DNF rate has skyrocketed," he said.

WCA Board member Tyson Mao seems hesitant about the new change and subsequent loophole allowing the new world records. "I don't want to formally recognize these new times as world records until after all the kinks have been ironed out. This is the first time we're allowing unsolved cubes as a valid solved state." But as news of Zemdegs's record spread, Mao dreads dealing with the fallout that would occur if the recognition were rescinded. "Clearly, we didn't think this through," he said.[/spoiler]
PLL G interdites par la WCA, les records du monde pulvérisés
LES PLL F ET N ÉGALEMENT BANNIES


(Sydney) - PAR une décision sans précédents des officiels WCA samedi, l'interdiction de plusieurs PLL est entrée immédiatement en vigueur. Invoquant des difficultés à l'exécution, Ron Von Bruchem a banni toutes les permutations de type G, F ou N. En conséquence, tous les essais se terminant par une des ces PLL sont automatiquement considérés comme résolus.

L'australien Feliks Zemdegs a aussitôt établi de nouveaux records du monde pour la catégorie 3x3 avec un meilleur temps de 3.55 secondes et une moyenne de 5.79 secondes au premier tour du Sydney Open samedi matin. "Deux de mes résolutions se terminaient par une PLL G, et un autre par une N," a expliqué le recordman, dont les performances sont désormais encore plus inaccessibles pour les simples mortels. "C'est comme avoir des PLL skip gratuites!"

L'américain Andrew Nelson, co-fondateur de "Who Does the F-perm?", la compagne pour l'interdiction de la PLL F, débutée en 2008, se réjouit que son mouvement aie obtenu une reconnaissance et une légitimité internationales. "Au cours des trois dernières années, je n'ai connu que 20PLLs," déclare Nelson, qui refuse d'accepter l'existence de la PLL F. "Désormais, je peux en oublier encore plus." Il souligne l'ironie du fait que Michael Bennett, l'autre co-fondateur de "Who Does the F-perm?", est l'une des rares personnes qui ne peut pas prendre pleinement conscience de l'avantage de cette nouvelle règle. Bennett utilise la méthode Roux, qui ne se sert pas des PLL du tout, à moins que certaines étapes ne soient sautées. Benett n'a pas pu être joint pour une interview, et des rumeurs le prétendent en vacances permanentes dans son pays, l'île enclavée de Smerbia.

Tous les cubeurs ne sont pas aussi enthousiasmé par ce bannissement. Le cubeur américain Daniel Hayes ne connaît pas les noms des PLL. Il utilise la nouvelle règle en partant du principe que toutes ses PLL sont des G et stoppe la résolution. "J'ai réalisé un nouveau record personnel, mais mon taux de DNF a explosé," dit-il.

Le membre du comité WCA Tyson Mao semble indécis au sujet de ce nouveau changement et de l'occasion subséquente d'autoriser de nouveaux records du monde. "Je ne veux pas reconnaître officiellement ces nouveaux scores avant que tous les problèmes aient été résolus. C'est la première fois que nous reconnaissons des cubes non-terminés comme un état résolu valide." Mais avec la diffusion des records de Zemdegs, Mao craint d'être aux prises avec les réactions qui se produiraient si la reconnaissance était refusée. " De toute évidence, nous n'avions pas pensé à ça," dit-il.
[spoiler="Guy's cousin" wins 2011 Rubik's Cube World Championship in huge upset victory
by Chris Hardwick]Washington Post

"Guy's cousin" wins 2011 Rubik's Cube World Championship in huge upset victory

October 16, 2011

(Bangkok) - This past weekend the most talented Rubik's cube solvers across the globe gathered together for the 2011 World Rubik's Cube Championship. This is the 6th World Championship since the puzzle was first released in the 1980's in the US. Over 400 competitors converged on the Baiyoke Sky Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand to attend the prestigious tournament. Over 39 different countries were represented, making this "...one of the largest and most successful international competitions in history" according to World Cube Association (WCA) board member Ron van Bruchem. Competition was tough, and spread across 19 different official events ranging from solving a Rubik's cube as quickly as possible, to solving one-handed, blindfolded, and only using their feet! The most prestigious title is to be declared the World Champion in the main event - solving a Rubik's cube in the shortest time out of all the competitors.

The winner of the main event this year, with a new world record average of 2.32 seconds, is a relatively unknown cuber, known by most competitors as "some guy's cousin", and those close to him refer to him as "this guy I know". The 2009 World Champion Breandan Vallance, who lost his World Champion title to the newcomer, had this to say about the surprise upset victory:

"Nobody really knows where he came from. One of the spectators said that his cousin could solve the cube in 'like 2 seconds every time, no joke!'. He ran home to tell his cousin, who signed up for the competition. I'm still in shock really. I don't know what to think right now."

WCA board member Tyson Mao had this to say about the newcomer: "This was a huge surprise! Our new World Champion really is the cousin of one of the spectators. His name is Jatukamramthep Wattanapanit, and he's sort of a rags to riches story actually. His cousin came into the Baiyoke Sky Hotel Venue after seeing posters around town about the World Competition. His cousin ran home to get Jatukamramthep, and bring him to the competition as a day-of sign up. Until now, Jatukamramthep was not known in the community, and now he's famous!"

When asked who might win the championships, many competitors mentioned the name of Australian competitor Feliks Zemdegs. Zemdegs, the previous world Record holder and likely winner of the competition, came in 2nd place to Wattanapanit and had this to say:

"Yeah it was a huge surprise to everyone. I mean, this guy shows up and yells 'Hey Rubik's cubes! My cousin can solve one with one hand and without looking'. He then runs home and brings his cousin, and his cousin really is that good. I'm just in shock really. Normally when people say their cousin is fast, they're just making it up or outright lying or something. I don't think anyone really knows what to think."

Incidentally, Wattanapanit did also win the World Champion title for both the Rubik's cube one-handed event, and the Rubik's cube blindfolded event. Both victories were made even more of an upset because he competed both one handed and blindfolded in both events, which was not a requirement by the WCA.

After the award ceremony Wattanapanit could be seen signing autographs for both novice and expert cubers alike. When asked how it feels to be the new Rubik's cube World Champion Wattanapanit had this to say:

"It's pretty cool I guess. My family is always trying to show me off, and they tell me about all the times that they see someone solving a Rubik's cube and they tell them about me. I don't know why everyone is so much slower than I am, I figured everybody could solve a Rubik's cube in 2 seconds one-handed behind their back and blindfolded. I mean, I don't want to be mean to these other cubers, they're really nice and some of them are ok I guess. Feliks is sort of fast, and I think if he keeps at it he'll be just as fast as me. I don't really want to say I'm better, but I'm pretty good at cubing, yeah. It's nice to know that I'm World Champion. Maybe now people will finally believe my family members when they tell other cubers about me."

Wattanapanit has no plans to continue practicing for the 2013 World competition. After his victory he's going to move on to playing competitive Starcraft II. He sure left a mark on the Rubik's cube community, though. The top competitors now have their work cut out for them to improve to Wattanapanit's new world class level of Rubik's cube solving. At least they don't solve it like I did when I was young. I just peeled the stickers off.[/spoiler]
Cubers agree: Feet solving is gross

It's been known by 99% of the cubing population for years. But there has always been holdouts, like that 1 out of 6 dentist that isn't recommending Trident. But now it's finally come to a unanimous agreement. Cubers agree that feet-solving is gross. We've talked to the remaining hold-outs, who have asked to remain anonymous.

"Well, yeah, it's gross. I don't see how people could argue against that. I mean, I guess I did just to be a Devil's Advocate, but I found out some others agreed with me. I was too afraid to admit I was just trying to troll the WCA, but I guess it kind of grew into that."

Another former supporter noted:

"Yeah, I thought it should stay a while. I mean, I figured it was one of the events that people still had a chance to get a record at since it was so unpopular. So I argued for it and then started practicing. However, once I started practicing, it became obvious it was gross. My mom saw me practicing and then didn't want me to have cubes on the dinner table anymore because she didn't want feet stank there. I can't blame her. My cube stunk. I ended up throwing it away."

When WCA Board Member Ron van Bruchem was asked about the future of feet solving, he replied, "Well, we do have some members of the community who want feet-sovling so we must....really? All of them? Well.....hmmm.....I suppose we could consider it." Board member Tyson Mao was then asked about his opinion and responded, "Good. Those people finally wised up. Feet solving is an embarrassment to the cubing community and I hope the regulations can be re-written mid-year to finally kill this event. If people want to hold it as an unofficial event, they're morons." No word yet on when the new regulations will be released.
Friendly bystander admits having never been interested in Cube
22/08/2011 - World News

Members of the commuting public were horrified this morning as a seemingly innocent bystander spoke the unthinkable. Witnesses say the man was sitting across from a young student who was solving a Rubik's Cube. Upon noticing that the cube had been solved, the quite obviously disturbed man simply chuckled to the student that he "never really got into it when [he] was a kid." He then had the nerve to congratulate the student, and proceeded to continue to read his newspaper without another word.

"It was disturbing," said Matthew, aged 32, who watched in shock as the events unfolded, "He didn't even mention how he used to be able to solve one side, maybe two if he tried hard enough."

"He obviously had some problems as a child," said Natalie, aged 19, who is actually related to the Rubik's Cube record holder Mr Wattanapanit, "A man his age should at least have one or two stories about cleverly peeling the stickers off their Rubik's Cube as a young whipper snapper. You could see it in his eyes, he shouldn't be on the streets."

The victim escaped unharmed, he was able to laugh off the confrontation.

"I just wasn't expecting it, honestly." Said the anonymous victim. "I have never been in that situation before in my life. When I started learning how to solve the Rubik's cube, I would never have thought that this would be happening to me. I'm just lucky to have made it out of there."

Luckily, a stocky good samaritan boarded the train on the way to work just in time to witness the outburst. Bert, 49 year old construction worker, calmed the situation with a joke.

"I don't remember really, something came over me and it just came out. It was something about a hammer, or maybe it was a window? I'm not sure, but it was how I used to solve them when I was a kid. Haha, funny right?" Said Bert

"Hero? I wouldn't say that. Dealing with these kind of people is just about confidence. If you say something with enough conviction, they'll believe you. Or at least they'll be nice enough to pretend to believe you, even if they suspect that you have no idea what they're talking about."
ImageFeliks Zemdegs Misses the Cut for Final Round at World Championship

(THAILAND) - In a stunning upset, cubing favorite Feliks Zemdegs failed make the cut for the final round of the 3x3 speedsolve event. As he rounded out an average of 13.62s, mouths were agape as the hushed crowd of onlookers tried to process the incomprehensible scene that unfolded before them. With a disgusted look, Zemdegs merely shrugged as he walked off the stage, not meeting the multitude of blank stares that greeted him on the way back to his seat.

"I'm afraid this might be my fault," claimed David Zemdegs, father of the former prodigy. "I thought it would be lucrative to have Seven Towns sponsor Feliks for this event. Feliks wasn't happy about it, but from my research in the forums, the consensus is that 'it's the cuber, not the cube.' It made sense at the time, but now I am really beginning to wonder..."

2009 World Champion Breandan Vallance had mixed feelings. "Of course it's nice to have Feliks out of the way, but I fear now that it will be a hollow victory for me."

Feliks himself was disgusted with the results. "Look, I can get by without corner-cutting, but this cube feels like it's been lubed with cement. I mean, you've got to be f'ing kidding me. I nearly broke a finger!"

Slow motion replays will be available on YouTube tomorrow for the viewing public's amusement.
ImageFeliks Zemdegs ne se qualifie pas pour la finale des championnats du monde

(THAILANDE) - Dans une phénoménale confusion, le cubeur favori Feliks Zemdegs a échoué à se qualifier pour le dernier tour de l'épreuve de vitesse du 3x3. Alors qu'il avait effectué une moyenne de 13.62s, l'attroupement de spectateurs bouche bée tentait de réaliser l'incompréhensible événement qui s'était déroulé devant eux. L'air écoeuré, Zemdegs a simplement haussé les épaules alors qu'il descendait de l'estrade, sans croiser la multitude de regards ébahis qui l'a accompagné jusqu'à son siège.

"J'ai bien peur que ça puisse être de ma faute" a prétendu David Zemdegs, le père de l'ancien prodige. "J'avais pensé que ça pourrait être lucratif d'avoir Seven Towns comme sponsor pour Feliks pour cet événement. Feliks n'en était pas réjoui, mais d'après ma recherche sur les forums, le consensus se faisait sur le fait que "le cube ne fait pas le cubeur". Ca m'a paru sensé sur le moment, mais je commence maintenant à vraiment me poser la question..."

Le champion du monde 2009 Breandan Vallance a une réaction partagée. "Bien sûr, c'est agréable d'avoir Feliks hors de la course, mais je crains qu'une victoire soit maintenant sans mérite pour moi.

Feliks lui-même est écoeuré par les résultats. "Regardez, je peux bien réussir sans corner-cutting, mais on a l'impression que ce cube a été lubrifié avec du ciment. Je veux dire, p**ain, vous pouvez vous moquer de moi. Je me suis presque cassé un doigt!"

Une version ralentie sera disponible demain sur Youtube pour l'amusement du public.
Speedcubing to become a Hollywood blockbuster

Production confirmed
Lately the buzzing rumor on IGN about the possible upcoming speedcubing themed cinematic trilogy is stirring on fan forums everywhere. This morning producer Bob Shaye confirmed that New Line Cinema is going to undertake the daunting task of bringing the era of speedcubing to the silver screen.
“It’s a truly great day,” says Bob in an interview with The Carrot. “We have a finished script and are already signing up the cast and the crew. Everybody wants to be with us on this fantastic project.”

Peter Jackson ready to direct
As the rumors stated, Bob further reveals that the Oscar winning director Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings trilogy) will be the leading man on the project. Both parties came to an early agreement that Speedcubing had to be a three movie feature.
“It’s not just a Rubiks cube,” Peter Jackson explains. “The community of speedcubers is massive and their story needs to be told from every angle.” The movie will be shot in different locations of New Zealand. A fitting scene for the movie, according to the director: “Faz (Felix Zemdegs, current world record holder) is broadly known to be Australian, but research shows that he might as well be from New Zealand.”
Peter Jackson goes on to talk about the visual effects: “It will be stunning! Imagine a Rubiks cube solved in less than 6 seconds in a 3D-theater. Furthermore the end credits will feature solving sequences for every scrambled state. No one will have to leave their cube unsolved in the drawer anymore. Just bring it to the theater!”

Elijah Wood as Faz

Speculations continue about casting for the main character. Who will play the part of the amazingly fast speedcuber Feliks Zemdegs? The hottest rumor seems to be that either Daniel Radcliffe or Elijah Wood will sign the contract with New Line Cinema. Daniel denies the rumors, but states that he will be ready to let his hands perform magic again. On the other hand The Carrot has confirmed that Elijah Wood has registered for the Rubik’s Cube World Championship 2011 in Bangkok, Thailand, under the obvious fake name “Joey Gouly". Speculators say that this is apparent preproduction research.
One of the confirmed actors, Alan Rickman, states that he is perfectly cast for the role of speedcubing legend Stefan Pochmann: “I already have an amazing German accent. You remember Die Hard, ja?”

Return of Yu
While the plot is kept secret so far, The Carrot has gained information on the title for the first movie in the trilogy. “Return of Yu” will be released early august 2012. New Line Cinema states that free world premiere tickets will be given to the first 200 people who show up at the sales with a complete face solved (any color). Whip out your cubes everybody!
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Rubik’s Cube Devotee Suffers from Nervous Breakdown After Unexpected Remark

Toronto, ON- John Johnson, a fan of the Rubik’s cube for almost 30 years suffered from a minor nervous breakdown earlier this week after a shocking reply when talking to someone solving a Rubik’s cube. When the Rubik’s cube was first released in the 1980s Johnson was a teenager and the cube fascinated him. He had a small collection of Rubik’s puzzles but he admitted to never being able to solve any of his puzzles.

"You see, I was no good at math so I couldn't figure out how to do it properly, so my brother and I would make up our own games with them," Johnson says. "Our favourite was the sticker-peeling race. We would peel off all the stickers and hide them all over the house for each other to find and put back on the cubes. Those were the good times. It was really fun until one day our mother got fed up with finding left-over stickers in the fridge, under sofas, and in the washing machine. She told us to stop or else she would sticker our mouths shut, just like we once stickered her car door shut."

Johnson is very surprised about seeing the Rubik’s cube more popular than ever. It has caused him to often daydreams about his child-hood memories of playing with cubes all day. In the past month he has seen several teenagers at restaurants and bus stations solving Rubik’s cubes, and he has being tempted to approach them.

"The first time I saw a guy solve it properly in front of me, I was blown away. I couldn't believe it. I needed something nice to say to him but the words that slipped out of my mouth were 'I used to destroy those with sledgehammers'. That's another thing we used to like to do. After the stickers were peeled on and off so many times they would wear out so we’d go outside and smash the cubes with sledgehammers. When I said that, the kid just gave me a strange look and got up and walked away."

He realized that what he said was not the best way to go at it, and after seeing many more people solving Rubik's cubes in front of him in the past few weeks, he decided he needed a new line to say to them. He was in search of a simple compliment that he could use every time he saw someone solving a Rubik's cube.

"I decided on simply stating what I used to do with cubes back in the day," Johnson said. "I've tried a few different lines in the past, but I was never sure if they were good compliments because of the mixed reactions. I could tell that saying things like "You’re not even looking!" when they weren't looking at the darn thing or "What’s the trick?" were not some of the best things to say. I have finally come up with the perfect line to use. I am so sure that telling them 'I used to peel the stickers off' will always be the best way to go."

The next few times Johnson saw people solving Rubik’s cubes he would approach them and say “Hey, you know… I used to peel the stickers off” and smile. They would always smile back.

"It was going great," Johnson said. "The line was working really well, everyone would smile when I say it. Someone even said that it was a cool story. It’s perfect, right? It's so simple, plus it's original and completely true! I was satisfied with it, well, until it went very wrong a few days ago."

At 6pm last Monday night Johnson was walking home when he saw a teenager sitting on a park bench, timing himself with a portable timer. He sneaked up to him and watched him from behind.

"He was at 6 seconds or so and I saw all yellows on the top so he must have just did the whole thing. It was crazy, I had never seen anything like it. At the moment I saw the colours on top aligned I exclaimed 'WOW! I just used to peel the stickers off!' He jumped up startled as if he didn't see me. He then screamed to me 'What’s your problem?' all frustrated then continued 'That's the stupidest thing I have ever heard.' I was frozen. I thought something was disturbing him so was about to offer him a hug, but I couldn't move.

"I woke up on the ground, I must have fainted from all the thoughts rushing through my head. I couldn't sleep for the next few nights. The words 'That's the stupidest thing I have ever heard' was replaying through my mind over and over. I just don't understand why someone could be so cruel towards a compliment like that. How could the perfect line possibly let me down? Where did I go wrong? I really did used to peel the stickers off, really."

Yesterday he confirmed that he has recovered from the trauma, although he is still upset from what happened.

"Maybe I'll just talk to those cup-stackers from now on," Johnson added. "You wouldn't believe what I used to to with those."
Feliks Zemdegs Announces World Speed Cubing Council

Melbourne, Victoria - In a surprise move that shocked the whole speedcubing community, Feliks Zemdegs of Melbourne, announced the upcoming establishment of the World Speed Cubing Council (WSCC), only days after the World Cup in Bangkok, Thailand.

The dispute started after a heavily disputed time penalty in the final of the Rubik's Cube event that saw Zemdegs miss out on an otherwise certain victory. After Zemdegs stopped the timer, one layer of his cube was misaligned by about the permitted 45 degrees. However, the margin was so close that neither the judge nor the main judge could adjudicate whether it was within or outside the permitted 45 degrees. As it was clear that a time penalty would directly affect the result of the event, it was decided to use high tech measuring equipment available at the University of Bangkok. Under the watchful supervision of WCA delegate Ron van Bruchem and two independent observers, who were cleaners at the venue, the cube was carefully taken to the University's physics lab where the misalignment was measured using a laser measuring instrument. The measurements showed an average misalignment of 44.943 degrees, within the allowable margins. However, the main judge decided that the 2 second penalty was to be awarded as some of the individual measurements showed a misalignment above 45 degrees.

Infuriated by the WCA's decision, which handed the title to local favourite Piti Pichedpan by 0.03 seconds, Zemdegs vowed never to compete at a WCA event again. With the announced establishment of the WSCC, it appears that it was not an empty threat. Commenting on the WCA decision, Zemdegs said: "You just can't decide the result of such a big event as the world's, based on such small margins. If the misalignment was obviously greater than 45, then I would agree with the 2 seconds penalty, but when both the table judge as well as the main judge are not able to determine whether it was within or outside the allowable margins, I believe the cuber should be given the benefit of the doubt. The whole trip to the university lab was a farce and could have been avoided of people used their common sense. Don't get me wrong, I'm happy for Piti. Winning the world title in your own country must be very special, but I'm afraid it will be a hollow victory. At the next world championships, I expect nobody will know who the world champion is. It won't be known as the world championships that Piti Pichedpan won, but
where Feliks Zemdegs lost."

Tim McMahon, WCA delegate for Australia commented: "It's a huge shame that he decided to break his ties with the WCA. He is without a shadow of a doubt one of our best cubers. Wherever he's competing, people will come to see him. With him competing, there's always the possibility of world records being broken. So it was a great loss. On the other hand, we had to be fair to the other competitors. Feliks has been around in the speedcubing world to know the rules. A misalignment above 45 degrees means a +2 penalty. The measurements at the university lab clearly showed some measurements above 45 degrees, and while the average was below 45 degrees, we felt the fairest thing to do was to award the penalty, so nobody can say that Feliks cheated himself to the title. As you expect, my feelings are quite double. As an Australian, I would have loved to see Feliks win the title, but as a WCA delegate, it's my responsibility that the rules are properly observed."

WCA delegate Ron van Bruchem, one of the delegates in charge of the world championships, was unavailable to comment on the situation.

There are rumours that some high profile cubers have shown interest in joining Zemdegs breakaway group. Rowe Hessler of the United States, Mats Valk of the Netherlands and former world champion Breandon Vallance of the United Kingdom are believed to be among the ones who have been in contact with Zemdegs about his plans.

What this development means for the future of competitive speedcubing remains to be seen. Undoubtedly, most people will just be happy to compete and will happily compete at both WCA and WSCC competitions, but some will remain loyal to either of these groups. The WCA has the advantage of being a well established organisation and most cubers will regard it as the legitimate governing body of speedcubing. On the other hand, the WSCC has the fastest speedcuber of recent times as it's founder and has the support of some high profile cubers. Only time will tell.
[spoiler=Can the Rubik's Cube World Champion 2011 be a girl ?
by adragast]Can the Rubik's Cube World Champion 2011 be a girl ?

October 8, 2011

(Bangkok) - This is a big surprise for Rubik's cube solvers who were coming from all over the world for this 6th edition of the Rubik's Cube World Championship. The best cubers were gathered and most were expecting Feliks Zemdegs, a young prodigy from Australia to win this competition. However, 14-year-old Sarah Maes from Belgium won with a stunning 6.21 second average. "I guess I just got lucky", she told in an interview. So lucky that it got suspicious. The WCA board decided to suspend the results until cheating investigations have been conducted. Several feminist organizations around the globe have asked the WCA to review their decision. "Until proven guilty [of cheating], this young girl should be declared the Rubik's cube world champion" said for example the International Organization for Women in an open letter.

Ron van Bruchem co founder of the WCA and one of the main organizers of the competition declared that "this is too suspicious" and that the WCA has already deprived "real" champions from their title in the past because they were not prompt enough to detect cheating. "Sarah got twice a LL skip [something that makes the cube magically solved in the middle of the solve]. A LL skip is already so rare that getting one is suspicious. Two of them in the same series of 5 solves clearly implies some cheating". He added that this "has nothing to do with the fact that Sarah is a girl and that the WCA would have taken the same measures have it been a boy".
In an attempt to understand the cheating, someone known as 'Brest' in speedcubing forums has decided to reconstruct every solves of every competitors, which means checking on a video every moves done by competitors while solving the cube in order to check if the initial position was the one obtained after the WCA scrambles. This task is really difficult because most solves were not recorded properly on a video camera and Brest has to work with records from security cameras without focus on the competitors and with some of them in gray shades. Also some judges, competitors passing by may hide the person solving. In the last update, Brest said that he was done for about 75% of all 3x3 solves but that he was intending to do the same for other events as well, even maybe for some previous competitions. He also expressed his regrets that not every solves have been recorded on camera, something that the WCA should think about.

Lucas Garron, also a well known contributor to the speedcubing community said he was working on an automatic reconstruction software that would be able to give the reconstruction of a solve from a video. "I have been thinking about it for a long time. The recent progress in term of pattern recognition has now made it possible". He admitted though that Brest would probably have finished before the program is fully tested and running.

While waiting for the results of the investigations, the suspense is at its highest. Sarah would be the first woman to win a Rubik's Cube World Championship.[/spoiler]

[spoiler=Definition of "Colour Netural" updated in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
by Teller Coates]Definition of "Colour Netural" updated in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

(Earth, Western Spiral Arm) - It is not common knowledge that there are in fact two distinct entries about Earth in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:

1) About Earth itself, "Harmless." Later updated to "Mostly harmless."

2) Earth's definition of "Colour Neutral." According to president Ojava of Earth, CN means zero bias. If you timed Feliks, not all six colours would have the same average. This definition would be forced to declare that Feliks was not, in fact, colour neutral. Any scientist worth his salt at this point would have to stop and reflect and wonder if maybe he had taken one too many philosophy courses...

Nonetheless...your editor has decided that henceforth what he does in a speedsolve shall now be called, "Mostly Colour Netural." That should satisfy all parties and save face for everyone, yes? I think it has a nice ring to it, to be honest[/spoiler]

[spoiler=12-Year-Old Unveils Revolutionary New Method, Discovers It Is Just Petrus
by Shelley Chang]12-Year-Old Unveils Revolutionary New Method, Discovers It Is Just Petrus

(TORONTO) – 12 year old Nick Kalman excitedly unveiled his revolutionary new solving method at the Canadian Open last Saturday to an audience of Canada’s best cubers. Asked about the story behind the method, Kalman explained “I started cubing a few months ago, and learned about this method called ‘Fredrich’ or something, that’s supposed to make you faster. I looked it up, and it was just hundreds of algorithms. I tried memorizing them, but it was too hard. So I started playing around with other ways instead, and came up with a new way to do F2L.”

Kalman’s new method eschews the traditional cross and involves building blocks of adjacent pieces until two layers are solved. “I think this method really has potential. I haven’t figured out all the algorithms yet, but I’m sure it’s capable of sub-20 times. Everybody starts with a cross; this method is very unique.”

Other cubers are less inclined to agree with that statement. American cuber Dae Young Yoon commented, “Yeah, I don’t think I’ll be switching from Fridrich, but this really isn’t anything we haven’t seen before. It’s just another block building method. You could just use Petrus.”

Lars Petrus of Sweden could not be reached for comment. His eponymous method is well established and has been used by many to solve the cube for the first time.[/spoiler]

Lubix introduces revolutionary new cube design

(DENVER) – Cubing blogs are buzzing over Lubix’s latest cube offering, the Lubix Evolution. Lubix CEO Donovan Cline unveiled the prototype of the revolutionary design yesterday at the Denver Cube Convention to the excitement of cubers around the world.

The Lubix Evolution features several improvements to reduce popping and enhance speed. It is made of components from three different Dayan cube types and contains over 50 internal pieces. It is the first 3×3 design to feature more internal pieces than external pieces. The entire internal mechanism is finished off with a liberal application of Lubix’s proprietary blend of silicone oils.

Cline gave us an overview of the mechanism. “These here are the supertorpedoes. There are two per edge piece and three per corner, and all of them interlock with the pieces and each other in such a way such that separating them is impossible.”

Even unscrewing the center pieces won’t work on this model; Cline has added a tab under the center caps to block access to the screws. He explains that consumers will not need to adjust the tension on their cubes, as he personally sets each cube to the perfect tension. “When inexperienced cubers try to set the tension on their own cubes, you get inconsistent tensions and the consumer is rarely satisfied with the end result.”

Lubix is calling the Evolution the most perfect cube ever made. “We try to put features in cubes that consumers don’t even realize they want yet,” said Cline. It is also virtually unbreakable unless dropped or hit.

Indeed, this new product is already on plenty of cubers’ wishlists this Christmas, although it will not be on sale for another two months. “I’ll buy any cube as long as it’s fast and made by Lubix,” said convention attendee Greg Higby.

The Lubix Evolution will retail for $50 when released in October.
Area Man Has Never Peeled Stickers Off
He has never taken his cube apart either

(LOS ANGELES) – TODAY’S human interest story comes from Southern California, where 35-year-old Jason Kuhn was revealed to have never taken the stickers off his cube and rearranged them to appear as though he had solved it.

Kuhn invited us to his East Los Angeles home where he has lived all his life. “Sure, I had a Rubik’s cube,” he said, digging through a dusty box he pulled from his attic. “It was a huge fad when I was growing up in the 80′s. All my friends had one.”

He finally found the cube under a pile of old Transformers toys. It’s still mostly scrambled, but the beginnings of one layer were visibly in progress. The stickers, while worn, are still neat and stuck on tightly. “Yeah, I never felt like taking them off. It just felt like cheating, you know? Also I was a terrible nail-biter as a kid and was never able to peel them off cleanly.”

Friends and classmates had no such qualms. “Every other day someone would bring a solved cube to school in triumph. You could usually tell they cheated though, they always had shoddy misaligned stickering.”

Kuhn might never have been discovered if not for Daniel Lee, 15, one of the burgeoning new generation of speedcubers who weren’t even alive during the original Rubik’s cube boom in the 1980′s. Lee recalled, “I was just practicing my one-hand solving at the bus stop and [Jason] approached me. He told me he had one as a kid. I figured the next thing he was going to say was ‘I used to peel the stickers off,’ but I was surprised.”

Asked what he was going to do now, Kuhn looked thoughtfully at his old cube and said “Well, I might finally figure out how to solve it, now that all the kids are doing it legitimately. I really don’t know if it makes me that special, that I never peeled the stickers off. I don’t think I’m going to let it affect my personal life or go to my head or anything. I’m just like anyone else, trying to live one day at a time.”
Voilà! (grave long ^^)
Y'en a juste 2/3 que j'ai pas mis qui étaient courts et pas géniaux.
J'ai vu ça à la fin, mais y'a que 4 articles pour le moment: http://carrot.cubing.net/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Donc pour ceux qui ont le courage de lire plusieurs versions, dites ce que vous pensez des (de la pour l'instant) traduction.
J'en ferai d'autres quand j'aurais le courage, si vous voulez en faire, faites-vous plaisir, y'a de quoi :) , dites-le juste avant pour pas que plusieurs fassent la même. J'éditerai au fur et à mesure si des nouvelles trad sont faites.

[Tatsu] STP ... enlève tous les "s" au futur !

Sorry... :?
Modifié en dernier par Hippolyte!!! le ven. nov. 25, 2011 7:12 pm, modifié 3 fois.
SqAtx
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"Two of my solves ended in G perms, and another one was an N perm,"
"Deux de mes solves se terminaient par une PLL G, et un autre par une F,"
Aussi, petite critique, tant qu'à traduire, pourquoi t'as laissé "solves" dans la VF?
AKR0BAT09
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Non,mais en plus ça à l'air grave sérieux.

Et vous,

vous en pensez quoi?

Pour/contre?

Perso contre,non mais faut pas déconner quand même.
Hippolyte!!!
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SqAtx a écrit :
Aussi, petite critique, tant qu'à traduire, pourquoi t'as laissé "solves" dans la VF?
PLL modifiée, et solve traduit. J'ai traduit la plupart des termes techniques mais y'en a comme ça qui ont dû m'échapper, surtout ceux qu'on utilise presque toujours en anglais.
The Game(r)
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:shock: Même avis que AKR0BAT09.
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Arrêtez, c'est trop fat ! :D
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The Game(r) a écrit :
:shock: Même avis que AKR0BAT09.
Quote for truth. :)
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Le sujet m'a inspiré, voici ma contribution (en English, because sur speedsolving...) :-D

7x7x7 scrambles replaced by checkerboard pretty pattern
No more nervous breakdowns during scrambling

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Checkerboard pattern, also known as Pons Asinorum. Screen capture (c) Reuters 2011.


AMSTERDAM - WCA board announced yesterday a revolution in the world of big cubes. From January 1st 2012 on, 7x7x7 cubes will not be scrambled anymore during competitions. Instead, cubers will have to perform a sequence of moves known as "checkerboard pattern" or "Pons Asinorum", starting from the solved state of the cube. In his official statement, president Ron van Bruchem explains that the idea arose during World Rubik's Cube Championship in Bangkok, Thailand: "35 competitors registered for the first round of 7x7x7, and this turned out to be a nightmare. One of the randomly generated scrambles was particularly difficult, and despite our efforts none of the scramblers was able to obtain the correct scrambled state. I have to confess that we ended up peeling the stickers off the 35 cubes. Many WCA delegates admitted after this fiasco that they had done the same in the past, when they found 7x7x7 scrambles too treacherous".

Spectacular action
With this new rule, solving the 7x7x7 is expected to become much more spectacular, fun, and popular amongst cubers. WCA board member Tyson Mao remembers when Rubik's Magic and Rubik's Master Magic were introduced as official events: "At first, cubers were a bit puzzled about the idea of having to solve always the same scramble, but nowadays they got used to it. Plus, the checkerboard pattern is much more complicated than the Magic solution, since it involves a tremendous amount of slice moves. I am looking forward to seeing how fast guys like Kevin, Bence or Feliks can be with the new rule. For sure, this will be the main event of WC2013, which will be held in my backyard in two years".

Pillowed cubes issue solved
In his official statement, Ron van Bruchem also insisted on the fact that the controversy about pillowed 7x7x7 cubes (expert competitors have developed techniques allowing them to be able to see all the stickers simultaneously on such cubes without rotating the puzzle) is now over: "This is great news, since it does not matter anymore if competitors can see more stickers than on cubic-shaped puzzles! 7x7x7 is just the beginning, 5x5x5 and 3x3x3 will follow soon. We are working on other cubes such as 2x2x2 and 4x4x4, but so far Cube Explorer has not been able to generate solutions to the Pons Asinorum pattern for even cubes. This is just a matter of time".

V-Cubes announces new V-Cube 7
As soon as the news spread, Greek inventor Panagiotis Verdes announced that his company will soon commercialize a special version of the 7-layer cube: "The new V-Cube 7 will be natively stickered with the checkerboard pattern. This way, performing the required sequence of moves will actually solve the puzzle! Surely, this will blow cubers' minds, and we hope that this long-awaited new V-Cube will be a big hit next Christmas". Meanwhile, youtube star Billy "MeMyselfAndPi" Hansen has already published videos showing how simple modifications of the inner structure will boost 7x7x7 solves: "With my new 7x7x7 mod, only half turns are possible: no more silly mistakes while building the checkerboard pattern! Besides, it becomes possible to rotate as many orthogonal slices simultaneously as one wants! WCA board is currently analyzing if this breaks the rules, but I am pretty confident they will accept modded cubes, since this will make solving the 7x7x7 even more spectacular".

With the new rule taking effect in two months, everyone will have the opportunity to become a world-record holder. Already 42 competitions around the world featuring the new 7x7x7 event have been announced on WCA website for January 1st.

The Carrot - C. Castella
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:smt038
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J'avais vu et je voulais te le laisser le poster, mais je pensais que tu le traduirais aussi. :-D
En tout cas, nice!

Et j'en retraduirais d'autres parce que ça occupe et que ça fait travailler l'anglais utilement.
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Une autre petite trad:
ImageFeliks Zemdegs Misses the Cut for Final Round at World Championship

(THAILAND) - In a stunning upset, cubing favorite Feliks Zemdegs failed make the cut for the final round of the 3x3 speedsolve event. As he rounded out an average of 13.62s, mouths were agape as the hushed crowd of onlookers tried to process the incomprehensible scene that unfolded before them. With a disgusted look, Zemdegs merely shrugged as he walked off the stage, not meeting the multitude of blank stares that greeted him on the way back to his seat.

"I'm afraid this might be my fault," claimed David Zemdegs, father of the former prodigy. "I thought it would be lucrative to have Seven Towns sponsor Feliks for this event. Feliks wasn't happy about it, but from my research in the forums, the consensus is that 'it's the cuber, not the cube.' It made sense at the time, but now I am really beginning to wonder..."

2009 World Champion Breandan Vallance had mixed feelings. "Of course it's nice to have Feliks out of the way, but I fear now that it will be a hollow victory for me."

Feliks himself was disgusted with the results. "Look, I can get by without corner-cutting, but this cube feels like it's been lubed with cement. I mean, you've got to be f'ing kidding me. I nearly broke a finger!"

Slow motion replays will be available on YouTube tomorrow for the viewing public's amusement.
ImageFeliks Zemdegs ne se qualifie pas pour la finale des championnats du monde

(THAILANDE) - Dans une phénoménale confusion, le cubeur favori Feliks Zemdegs a échoué à se qualifier pour le dernier tour de l'épreuve de vitesse du 3x3. Alors qu'il avait effectué une moyenne de 13.62s, l'attroupement de spectateurs bouche bée tentait de réaliser l'incompréhensible événement qui s'était déroulé devant eux. L'air écoeuré, Zemdegs a simplement hoché les épaules alors qu'il descendait de l'estrade, sans croiser la multitude de regards ébahis qui l'a accompagné jusqu'à son siège.

"J'ai bien peur que ça puisse être de ma faute" a prétendu David Zemdegs, le père de l'ancien prodige. "J'avais pensé que ça pourrait être lucratif d'avoir Seven Towns comme sponsor pour Feliks pour cet événement. Feliks n'en était pas réjoui, mais d'après ma recherche sur les forums, le consensus se faisait sur le fait que "le cube ne fait pas le cubeur". Ca m'a paru sensé sur le moment, mais je commence maintenant à vraiment me poser la question..."

Le champion du monde 2009 Breandan Vallance a une réaction partagée. "Bien sûr, c'est agréable d'avoir Feliks hors de la course, mais je crains qu'une victoire soie maintenant sans mérite pour moi.

Feliks lui-même est écoeuré par les résultats. "Regardez, je bien peux réussir sans corner-cutting, mais on a l'impression que ce cube a été lubrifié avec du ciment. Je veux dire, p**ain, vous pouvez vous moquer de moi. Je me suis presque cassé un doigt!"

Une version ralentie sera disponible demain sur Youtube pour l'amusement du public.
J'ai eu du mal à traduire "misses the cut", "stunning upset", "blank", et "hushed" (d'ailleurs évité par la tournure de la phrase celui-là^^). Vous auriez mis quoi? Et que pensez-vous de la trad de "it's the cuber, not the cube", par "le cube ne fait pas le cubeur"? Je vois pas trop comment ç'aurait été possible de traduire plus littéralement en faisant ressembler l'expression à quelque chose?
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"misses the cut" ==?> "rate le coche"
Hippolyte!!!
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J'y ai pensé, mais ça faisait bizarre dans un titre d'article. C'est dur de coller à l'esprit du texte. :?
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Misses the cut => littéralement, il rate la coupe (on coupe le groupe et on prend les 20 premiers par exemple) => il ne parvient pas à se qualifier pour le round final.

Stunning upset => Dans/c'est une défaite stupéfiante. ça se traduit pas bien en français je trouve, mais c'est ce qui me semble le plus proche :p (Renversement de situation stupéfiant pourrait aussi marcher je suppose)

blank => vide : des regards vides dans ce cas-ci

hushed => silencieux : la foule silencieuse (mais bouche bée, ça marche bien je trouve :D)

It's the cuber, it's not the cube => C'est le cubeur, pas le cube. C'est une phrase qui se revient souvent pour les "noobs" sur speedsolving, donc ça se comprends assez bien, mais peut-être qu'en français il faudrait rajouter ce qui est impliqué : "c'est le cubeur qui fait la différence, pas le cube" ? ça c'est un peu libre de choix j'imagine :p


Bon, j'suis pas traductrice professionnelle non plus hein ^^
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Tant qu'on est dans les erreurs de traduction, il y en a 2 vraiment énormes :
- On hausse les épaules et on hoche la tête mais on ne hoche jamais les épaules :wink:
- je crains qu'une victoire soie . Non mais ho ? :shock: :D Il ne me semble pas avoir vu le mot "silk" dans le texte original.

Sinon, tu as inversé 2 mots dans la phrase "je bien peux réussir sans corner-cutting"
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