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ProStar

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I'm not sure if I'm right about this but I think the SEE scrambler is random state and the one used for speedsolving weekly is random move. As we all know random state > random move.
Yes, but I'm saying that the scrambler should use mega notation. Having it use Pochmann notation is like doing singmaster for 3-7 but doing a different notation for 2x2
 

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Yes, but I'm saying that the scrambler should use mega notation. Having it use Pochmann notation is like doing singmaster for 3-7 but doing a different notation for 2x2
You can't do random state scrambles with mega notation (at least not in a practical amount of moves). You can't turn every possible face; you only have two options.
 

JTM007

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Looking for the best Rubiks cube timer app on iPhone. That has proper length scrambles and has the option to hide the timer display whilst solving.
 

xyzzy

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It's basically x2. A normal x2 would mean rotating like an R++ so that's why it says flip and not x2.
In retrospect, it's kind of funny that I singlehandedly decided everyone should call it "flip" for this reason, and people actually followed suit. I have a rather terrible track record of getting people to listen to me, but this is one of the very few exceptions.

At the time, I wasn't familiar with clock notation and I didn't know that clock scrambles used "y2" to denote turning the puzzle along the y axis, so there was some precedent to using notation like x2/y2/z2 on non-cubic puzzles that I wasn't aware of then. "x2" turned out to have the additional problem that people sometimes interpreted that as "times two" (like "do the preceding bit twice"), so I guess it's good that we ended up using "flip" instead of "x2".

In the spirit of reviving dead memes, part of the reason I chose the word "flip" specifically was because I was thinking of the table-flip meme. You flip the table on the horizontal axis; you flip the kilominx on the horizontal axis too.

There are untold stories about how my kilominx scrambler even came into existence; you may notice that I wrote it on a public holiday where I am, but having had more free time that day was not the biggest reason I wrote it, although it's indirectly relevant. It's a somewhat darker story than is appropriate for this forum, but the gist is that sometimes sh⁂t happens and you just have to deal with it somehow; I dealt with it then by locking myself in a room and writing some code.

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