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    posted a message on How do Item Sorting systems work?
    Sorry, been away for the holidays.

    This is great info, thank you both. I always wondered what was preventing the filter hopper from emptying its contents. So if I understand this correctly, the comparator is sensing the item counts in the filter hopper. When the count reaches a certain threshold, the signal to the comparator increases and unlocks the hopper below it, allowing items to transfer. Is that the gist of it?
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    posted a message on How do Item Sorting systems work?
    I don't know if this is the right forum or not, but I'm going to forge ahead anyway.

    I am *not* looking for Youtube videos. Any monkey can tell you to place blocks here, put redstone there, add a comparitor there. That is NOT what I am looking for.

    I am wanting someone to explain the basic principles of an item sorting system and why it works. I am looking for explanations on what the redstone components are doing, why the hoppers are arranged the way they are, etc. IF there is a video that explains this, I haven't found it.

    Anyone?
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    posted a message on Your basics for a base in survial?
    To me, and this is just my perspective, a base needs to ultimately serve four basic functions: a) 24/7 safety from hostile mobs, b.) storage, c) a crafting environment, and d) food production. Really, it is because of (a) that (b), (c) and (d) are possible. If your base has at least (a) and (d), you can pretty much sit in your base and never do anything and you won't die.
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    posted a message on Cheating Intergrity Question
    If you're playing single player, the whole point is moot. By definition there is no cheating. You can quibble all you want about what Mojang "intended" for you to do, but if the game comes with the ability for you, the player, to change the settings without using any third party software, then there simply isn't any cheating. There is simply no moral issue here. None at all. If you set out to play a SSP world and you impose on yourself certain rules, and you break them, then perhaps you have merely let yourself down. It is a failure of sorts, but it certainly isn't cheating and not something by which you should be judged or your character questioned.
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    posted a message on What have you done recently?
    I am not much of a builder, creatively speaking. So lacking creativity, I decided to do something not very practical, because I could.

    Affectionately known as The Barony, 87 stacks of obsidian bliss. Inside? Well, that has yet to be determined. My base, I guess.
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    posted a message on Help with Creating Nether Portal
    The MP server I play on has had a problem for a while now where when you exit a portal, whether you're in the Nether or the Overworld, you are actually offset a block or two from the portal. This could be happening.
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    posted a message on Do you back-fill while branch mining?
    I backfill when I know my tunnel is going to be a high volume travel tunnel. On these I'll do what somebody else said and even dig out dirt and gravel and replace with stone, and I will enclose the tunnel when it passes through caves or caverns. But these are the heavily traveled tunnels and in my case are almost always on a X or Z coordinate that is a multiple of 100. My actual branch mine will be just off one of these tunnels with a door sealing it off from the main tunnel. My branch mine tunnels go from one end to the other of a 100 x 100 block, without ever "breaking through" to the main tunnels, and I don't backfill those or enclose them when they pass through caves.
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    posted a message on I think I'm going to puke...
    I'll say it again...learn how to manage the Minecraft game directory, learn how to create new game directories, and how to associate specific game profiles with specific directories. Do this, and you will never have this problem again.
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    posted a message on Using Fortune Picks While Caving (Higher Efficiency Caving)
    However one manages their inventory is besides the point. The issue to me has always been that carrying more than one pick means you stand to lose more when you fall into that lava lake. Regardless of how many picks you bring or how you choose to break your ores, I will sacrifice some efficiency to stretch out the durability of my fortune 3 pick. If that means carrying more tools or making more trips, I'm good with that.
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    posted a message on Slime farm ? of my own
    I've always made my top floor at Y = 39. Don't know why, but I can verify that all sizes of slimes spawn on that floor.
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    posted a message on Using Fortune Picks While Caving (Higher Efficiency Caving)
    I think it depends on what you have available for your tools, enchantment-wise. I carry two picks, one that is just efficient and durable, the other a fortune pick. That keeps the fortune pick from wearing out too fast. The advantage to using a silk touch (I guess) is you only carry one pick around most of the time.
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    posted a message on I feel like an idiot.
    Quote from AJPirate»

    Ohhhhhhh. Makes sense. I will try that. That way - when I play MC 1.8, my world will show up. But when I play 1.7.10, they won't. That way, I won't risk playing it in 1.7.10, right?

    Exactly. You can't open or corrupt a world that DOESN'T SHOW UP on the list of worlds to open, right?
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    posted a message on I feel like an idiot.
    Backing up is always a good idea, but I'd recommend going a step further and making a specific directory for each version of minecraft that you play. While all of the main game files will still be in the default directory, all of your saves (and screenshots) will be particular to the directory your profile is pointing to. The first attachment is what my roaming directory looks like where my minecraft versions are saved.

    For example, in my launcher I have a profile for minecraft version 1.6.4. See the second attachment. You'll notice that where the checkbox is next to "Game Directory:" that it's actually pointing to a different folder than just .minecraft. Do this for each version you play. This will ensure that your saves for each version stay with that profile and DO NOT SHOW UP when you switch profiles.

    Make sense?
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    posted a message on Your storage room designs..
    I don't know how long this has been possible, but if you like compact, then this is it. Every other column of chests are actually double trap chests, allowing for chests to be placed directly next to each other.
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    posted a message on Updated to 1.8 all items gone
    Quote from luigivampa»
    Tip #3 Why?

    I've always got one profile set to current.

    I advocate this just as added insurance to never have the world save problems people are posting about. If you're smart and on the ball and like to have a profile that always uses the current version, that's fine. But if you're not paying attention you can inadvertently open a save in a newer game version, and if you're not doing backups, you could be potentially screwed.
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