Wow, I would've expected better from a low 6-digit UID.
Yeah, I don't think it works that way. Plenty of people with low UIDs are complete assholes.
It's still a government trying to tell its people what words they should and should not see, which is censorship and something to notice and oppose.
The irish constitution has some dangerous weasel-wording in it around that area. Lately it's been taken that european/international human rights law trumps more problematic aspects of the constitution, and it's important to remember that basically no sane irish person takes mere human law entirely seriously in the first place, but it just isn't particularly wonderful as constitutions go. May still better than still being ruled by the British I guess (I mean just look at Jacqui Smith...)...
6. 1. The State guarantees liberty for the exercise of the following rights, subject to public order and morality.
i. The right of the citizens to express freely their convictions and opinions.
The education of public opinion being, however, a matter of such grave import to the common good, the State shall endeavour to ensure that organs of public opinion, such as the radio, the press, the cinema, while preserving their rightful liberty of expression, including criticism of Government policy, shall not be used to undermine public order or morality or the authority of the State.
The publication or utterance of blasphemous, seditious, or indecent matter is an offence which shall be punishable in accordance with law.
For example, a private citizen can't register a personal domain unless they're a company or publicly known celebrity like a politician
That changed a while ago, though controls are a bit stricter than in other places. You have to register your real name (businesses are supposed to register their registered irish business names) and present some form of vaguely plausible ID. And it's relatively expensive. I have mine registered, much harder to lose to some squatter - even if I miss a payment, no-one else is going to be able to register it very easily (esp. given my real name is rather long) at least while they keep the rules in place. However I use my com/net/org domains day-to-day for business.
Have you tried MilkyTracker? I quite like it, though I'm essentially talentless at present when it comes to composition, I just mess around.
I could have sworn I've seen 8 channel ones somewhere in the same extension.
Amiga OctaMED OctaMED introduced 8-amiga-sound-channel (IIRC it already supported N midi channels) support on the Amiga at least, sometimes with extension
After 8, things just went to N tracks using more and more software-side multiplexing.
Unicomp keyboards are worth every penny, though. You don't have to believe me, but I'm ridiculously happy with mine at the price I paid several years ago (which I don't recall exactly, but which included thousands of miles of international shipping charges seeing as I'm in Ireland...)
I'm not sure what car analogy is appropriate, but it's like a disposable party cup vs. a solid metal beer stein. You can drink beer from both, of course, but...
People nowadays seem to expect and accept their cheap keyboards simply "wearing out". I've even temporarily repaired cheap keyboards with foil where the conductive part of the shitty rubber pad has simply worn away with use. However I expect my unicomp would probably last my remaining lifetime - only problem I anticipate is slowly changing interface standards and keyboard layouts rather than mechanical failure.
AROS is an open source operating system largely source-compatible with AmigaOS 3.x APIs and runs on modern PCs. It's not "finished", and shares AmigaOS weaknesses as well as strengths, but is usable (helped by recompiles of a load of amiga stuff from the Aminet (still around!) I guess) :
Grab a liveCD from Icaros desktop and give it a go.
I wouldn't really want to use a system lacking full memory protection in the modern era (though some effort at retrofitting memory protection is underway IIRC), but it does work.
A more realistic way to help competition in the European market would be to prevent the EPO handing out 20-year monopolies on subject matter they shouldn't be going near in the first place, but given the European Commission led the last attempt to legitimise software patents in europe, expecting Neelie Kroes to do anything meaningful about the situation is probably rather overly optimistic.