916: Unpickable

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Unpickable
The safe is empty except for an unsolved 5x5 Rubik's cube.
Title text: The safe is empty except for an unsolved 5x5 Rubik's cube.

Explanation

The comic plays on the idea that geeks and nerds will try to break into high-security areas in order to challenge themselves, instead of to steal things. The vault is labeled "unpickable" as a kind of challenge to break into it, while all the valuables are simply stored in a shoe box.

A 24-pin dual-tumbler radial-hybrid lock is a remarkably difficult type of lock to pick, the fused 17th pin means even with the correct key it could not be opened. Since the vault is unopenable, nerds and geeks would spend all their time on the vault and ignore the seemingly useless shoe box.

The title text continues the theme, with an unsolved 5x5 Rubik's cube to further challenge the thief.

Transcript

HackerShield geek-proof safe system:
[Two boxes sit side by side. One is a safe with a lock marked "Unpickable." It is labeled: (1) 24-pin dual-tumbler radial-hybrid lock (rendered unopenable by a fused 17th pin). The other is a shoebox. It is labeled: (2) Shoebox containing your valuables.]
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Discussion

2x2 rubik's cubes are harder. Just sayin'. Davidy²²[talk] 01:25, 17 April 2013 (UTC)

This would likely be found in the residence of my colleague [REDACTED], as he has a collection of odd Rubik's Cube clones. 173.72.159.14 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

I solve the cube with corner pieces and edge pieces in separate steps, so I find 2x2s harder. I just have to do the corner steps. 04:25, 23 June 2013 (UTC) 184.11.73.88 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

2x2s are certainly not harder than any other Rubik's cube by ANY standard. As the corners of any Rubik's cube have the same rotational moves, you have to solve a 2x2 at some point when solving any cube. 4x4 is harder than 5x5 though, because you can rotate away the middle pieces.85.164.251.29 07:11, 29 August 2013 (UTC)
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