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How high must a cliff be to fly a pig off of it?

How high does the cliff have to be in order to obtain the Minecraft achievement? Are there any other requirements? I've trapped a pig, saddled it, and am digging away around the enclosure to create a ...
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How can I easily get a lot of Iron?

While iron isn't very rare, it is needed for a lot, especially if you want to build a structure out of it, build long railways or something like that. What should you do to find/get a lot of iron ...
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What is the fastest way to travel long distances in Minecraft?

In Minecraft, I have pretty much emptied the places around my home of resources and thus I need to travel a lot to other mines. I would like to know a fast way to do so. I have tried minecarts on ...
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How tall does the ceiling have to be for trees to grow?

I am building an underground orchard in Minecraft. What is the minimum height the ceiling needs to be in order for trees to grow?
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Making SMP Minecraft more challenging

Is there any way for me to make SMP Minecraft more challenging? My wife and I are getting a bit bored, but if it was more difficult to stay alive and prosper, I think the game wouldn't drag on as much ...
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How much larger is a Lightning Creeper's explosion radius compared to a regular Creeper?

With the advent of weather in 1.5, lightning strikes during rainstorms can set fire to trees, frankenstein pigs to zombie pigmen, and perhaps most insidiously of all, super-charge Creepers with blue ...
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Is there an SMP Server Command to change weather conditions?

The latest version of Minecraft (1.5) brings, among other things, a number of different weather conditions. Most of these annoy me to no end. I tend to spend a lot of time playing on an SMP server, ...
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Fullscreen minecraft with GNOME 2

Every time I press F11 to make Minecraft fullscreen in Ubuntu 10.10, the GNOME panels are ALWAYS annoying me up and down. How to get rid of them? Just clicking again on Minecraft doesn't help :(
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Does lightning strike on an angle?

So, with the advent of weather on my friend's SMP server, two structures have already been burned to the ground by lightning strikes. Miraculously, the current tallest flammable structure on the ...
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Is it possible to turn a Minecraft single player map into multi-player server? [closed]

I've got some funky minecraft maps that I'd like to share with my friends. However, they're, more often than not, far away and unable to stop by my computer and see what I've wrought. I was wondering ...
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What level does lightning start at in minecraft?

How high does lightning spawn? My current abode sits above the clouds and I'm wondering if it can be struck by lightning. Is there some level lightning appears or does it come from the "top" of the ...
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Does Detector Rail activate when an empty minecart passes over it?

With the 1.5 update, I've been looking at some of the new minecart features. I'm looking to replace my "traditional" boosters with powered rail, which should be easy enough, but I've also ...
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What is the best layer to mine for gold in Minecraft?

Now that booster tracks can be created using gold ore, I seem to be getting through my supplies rather quickly. What is the layer with the highest amount of gold? I'm currently looking around layer ...
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Lightning Strike Locations

Does lightning tend to favor certain locations over others? For example, is it more likely to strike a tree than the ground?
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How can Buildings be Made Fireproof?

Since rain apparently doesn't always extinguish lightning fires, many of my buildings are now at danger of spontaneously combusting. Besides building solely with non-flammable materials like stone ...
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What are these sets of three numbers in my Minecraft server log?

I'm referring to the floating-point-esque numbers in parentheses that appear after the entity ID, at the end of the lines indicating that a player has logged in: 2011-04-21 23:49:37 [INFO] burpen ...
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How do I construct a safe sleeping area in 1.5 version?

Since 1.5 old rules for safe sleeping are no longer working. What are the new rules? With the addition of weather, sleeping in bed is much more important and old rules for safe placements of beds no ...
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What's With the Server Connection Error That Shows a Bunch of HTML?

So, as of yesterday, I've been unable to connect to any of four different servers, which work fine for others. Of the 4, three give me the following error: What's up with this? Why is it ...
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Can you turn weather off in Minecraft?

The arrival of Minecraft Beta 1.5 brought weather conditions. However, it can at times be inconvenient when you're trying to screenshot something and show it off (as it reduces lighting and obstructs ...
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How should I design a powered rail station?

With the advent of Minecraft beta 1.5 and powered rails, I'd like to find designs of good "railway stations" so I don't have to babysit minecarts in getting them set up for launch down a rail line. ...
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How often is a Powered Rail required to keep going uphill?

When going up a slope, how often must you insert a powered rail to keep your cart going? What is the minimum to keep going at all, and what is a good recommendation for maintaining a reasonable speed? ...
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How large a hole will rain fill with source blocks?

From MineCraftWiki.net: (...) and possibly fill up small holes up with water source blocks. Does anyone have any information about the dynamics of this functionality? Specifically I'm ...
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Minecraft: Making spheres

I'd like to create some aesthetic structures in Minecraft and am particularly interested in making some floating spheres. Are there templates, tips, tricks, or other methods anyone has found on the ...
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Is it possible to export the Statistics from a Minecraft server?

Statistics are added to the new version (beta 1.5) of Minecraft. It would be fun, to have a webpage that shows these statistics, like who was the one with the most deaths or something like that. So ...
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How do achievements work in Minecraft?

I'm trying to figure out how to get achievements in Minecraft Beta 1.5. I'm on a multiplayer server, and there's a message that says Press 'I' to open your inventory in the top-right corner. However, ...
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Can lightning set stuff on fire?

Notch has just implemented lightning. I'm now too terrified to open up my treehouse map in case a storm burns it to the ground! Is this possible? Update I've unanswered this question, now that fire ...
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How do I build HUGE constructions in Minecraft?

If I want to build a really, really huge structure in Minecraft, say, a castle with towers, walls, several floors and over a thousand of squaremeters/tiles per floor, what is the way to go? How can I ...
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How do you get out of a boat in Minecraft?

I mean without it shooting off away from you in some direction. Maybe I'm just missing something, but every time I right click to exit a boat it seems to shoot off out into the water. I'd like to hop ...
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Boats keep breaking in my canal

I have a canal that is 4 wide, and 1 block deep. The entire canal is made of source blocks and completely level. Unfortunately my boats keep breaking after only travelling a 50-60 blocks when I try ...
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How to nerf ghasts with nethrar?

Nethrar is a bukkit plugin to offer a Netherworld experience in SMP. Unfortunately, worldguard doesn't seem to offer an anti-ghast-destruction option like the creeper option that prevents creeper's ...
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Is Minecraft Turing-Complete?

Minecraft has the redstone wires mechanism that can be used to build circuits. Is Minecraft Turing-Complete, i.e. can it be used to simulate a Turing Machine (if we ignore the problem of infinite ...
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How to use mods and HD textures at the same time?

I'm using first MCPatcher-2.0.0-beta3 to make HD texture packs work (and it complains if I apply mods first), but as soon as I use TFC's Mod Manager 1.3 beta to install a mod (Risugami's ModLoader), ...
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How do tamed wolves interact with the passive mob limit?

I know there is a limit to the number of passive mobs that can be in the game at any one point. (I remember reading somewhere that the number is something around 15, but I'm not sure.) What I'm ...
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Damage to boats

Boats take damage when they run into things. But does it matter what it runs into? Does it take less damage running into dirt than, say, cobblestone for instance? I know soul sand doesn't hurt boats, ...
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How do Minecraft mobs behave in water?

Several questions here related to mobs and water: When mobs enter water, do they swim at the top, or will they dive down? Can mobs spawn in the water? I assume mobs can exit water one block deep, ...
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Where oh where has my friend's server gone?

Is there a tool that will monitor Minecraft servers and notify you when they come online? How hard would it be to make such a tool? How would you check without using the Minecraft client?
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Can I run a Minecraft multiplayer server and client on the same machine?

Is it possible to host a Minecraft multiplayer server on my computer and connect to it from the game client on the same machine? If it is possible how would it affect other players connecting on my ...
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Can spiders swim against current?

In Minecraft 1.4_01 if I have a vertical wall standing on dirt with a water source block placed where the wall and ground meet (see below) can spiders (or any mob for that matter) even reach the wall? ...
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Changing Minecraft Biomes

In Minecraft, biomes are (supposedly) decided by an area's calculated temperature and moisture. A very "dry" area may be a desert, a "cold" area may be a tundra, etc. This also affects things like ...
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Longer render distances in minecraft [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a way to increase the maximum horizon render distance in Minecraft? Is there some way I can increase the render distance in minecraft? I have the fog at maximum ...
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Minecraft seeds for a high landscape? [closed]

Which Minecraft seeds can generate a massive high-altitude landscape?
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How do I toggle on and off sneak in Minecraft?

How can you toggle between sneak and normal standing position? It's kind of annoying having to keep a button pressed while I try to build and move around to get a better view of what I am doing.
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What is the best way to connect islands together in Minecraft?

I have several islands in Minecraft, and I would like a simple way to walk from one island to another, that is, connect them together in some way. I still don't want to prevent traveling by boat by ...
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How long do dropped items of mobs (loot) stay? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How long/What causes item to disappear in Minecraft? Hey there, i read here a lot about your own dropped item's, and that they will stay for about 5min after their drop ...
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Is it safe to close Minecraft's multiplayer server?

I am currently running a Minecraft server, and when I leave and rejoin to check if my stuff is still there, it is. What happens when I close the server? Does it matter if I just use the x button on ...
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How to build a TNT Cannon with adjustable range and direction?

So far I've seen different cannon designs such as basic guns, animal gun and the infamous 360 Gun. But what is an as easy as possible gun design with big range covering an angle of about 90 deg? ...
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What's the easiest or quickest way to build bases under water?

What's the easiest or quickest way to build bases under water? Stopping every 15 seconds for air is becoming very infuriating. Are there mods or something I can do to speed up the process or even ...
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How do I not get lost underground?

I have found a rather large series of underground caverns in Minecraft, and have come close to becoming fatally lost several times. What are some best practices in making sure I get back to familiar ...
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Can you change your skin in offline multiplayer?

It says on the wiki page and in this question that you can change you skin online, but my brother actually bought the game and we just share it and play in offline mode. Is it possible to do this ...
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How can I host my own Minecraft server?

I would like to create a minecraft server for me and and my boyfriend to play on. Our PCs are networked and on the same LAN. How do I set it up? Do I need any additional software? Do you have some ...