Subjectively that second would have been like billions of years to them. And could they have left traces, like manipulating the fabric of space to encourage life to form in atomic matter? Like the universe for them would have been the size of a watermelon and they'd have had energy at scales to make quasars look like a cheap eBay LED flashlight?
Commodore was right to abandon the C65 by 1991. Yes. I think we agree there, I'm just saying C= should have focused earlier and the C65 would have more sense in the marketplace in 1986. Granted, it wouldn't have been the 1991 C65, sure.
But if C= had taken its engineers away from all the useless cruft they were working on in the mid 80s and just asked for a C64++, my opinion is that this would have been the correct approach.
Oh and software. Bundling GEOS was the correct move, a GEOS for a C64++ in 1986 could have been enough to sustain C=, add a proper marketing strategy too.