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Submission + - Commodore smartphone hits trademark opposition (

damnbunni writes: As reported on, it appears that Massimo Canigiani didn't license the Commodore trademarks before announcing that Commodore PET Smartphone. The company that actually owns the mark, Commodore Holdings, is not amused.

It's not like it would have been hard to determine who owns it and try to license. The C= Holdings trademark is registered with the same EU agency 'CBM Limited' applied for a new mark.

I can't see much of an excuse here. The company holding Commodore's trademarks is literally Commodore Holdings. They can't even go "We had NO IDEA who to contact!"

Comment Re:LG G4 (Score 2) 208

Dunno about Android phones, but when I bought a brand-new spare battery for my Blackberry Q10 - which was about $30-ish - it came with a little charging adapter. In fact the charger encloses the battery completely and has a tiny short MicroUSB on it, so if I don't want to pull the battery from the Q10 and replace it, I can plug the charger into the phone and boost the battery.

They also sell the battery without the charger, but it was only a few dollars less.

Comment Re:Oh, editors! (Or lack thereof...) (Score 1) 485

I have no idea if it's what they're actually doing, but before the launch it was reported that it'd be rolling out in waves, so their download servers didn't get absolutely hammered.

When you get it depends on how early you reserved it, supposedly. If you don't want to wait, you can download the .iso and update that way.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 4, Informative) 485

Okay look, a lot of this is bullshit.

Account Info privacy setting is staying disabled. It hasn't turned it back on.

Windows Defender can't be disabled because it DISABLES ITSELF when you install another antivirus. The exact same way it worked in Windows 8.

You CAN disable automatic updates for drivers.

Actually, let me repeat that in all caps.


The control just isn't under updates. It's actually in the same place it is in Windows 7 - open the Devices and Printers control panel, right-click the icon for your computer, select Device Installation Settings, choose 'No, let me choose what to do' and 'Never install driver software from Windows Update'.

Granted, this does mean it doesn't even offer you the updates, but if you don't want drivers from Windows Update, you don't have to get them.

You can turn off the ads in the start menu.

You can turn off sharing your wifi password with people. (Though it's still bad - if you give your password to someone, they might share it.)

The 'keylogger' in that imgur pic's toggle is ghosted not because you can't turn it off, but because that service is entirely disabled by some other setting the guy's made. Probably the one that turns off Cortana.

There's plenty to dislike about Windows 10 without making up crap. Me, I hate the lack of subfolders in the Start menu. (My games folder has about 25 entries for 'Manual.pdf' because the menu ignores the per-game subfolders. Augh.)

Comment Re:Who makes these decisions? (Score 1) 628

Lots of new games don't have a DX9 mode. And not all that many have a DX10; most go right to DX11. (DX11 does, however, have a mode that provides backwards compatibility to a point if you have a DX10 GPU.)

Quite a few new games also require a 64 bit OS, which makes supporting DX9 kind of pointless; there are very few people running Windows XP 64 bit.

Age of Mythology, Alien Isolation, ARMA 3, the recent Assassin's Creed games, the Battlefield series, Bioshock Infinite, the newer Call of Duty games, Crysis 3, Dark Souls II.. and I'm only up to D in Wikipedia's list of DX11 games, and there are plenty I didn't list because they're not 'big names'.

The Xbox One will also be getting an update to DirectX 12, which will probably drive a lot of use of it. After all, it's easier to port your XB1 games to Windows if you're using the same API on each.

DX11 is why I upgraded from XP to 7; not many games at the time supported it, but it was clear more were going to, and the ones that did looked a heck of a lot nicer. And often ran faster, as well.

Comment Re:Can't the Commodore name finally die for good? (Score 1) 62

The main reason the Intel-based Commodore/Amiga/whatevers never made it to market appears to be that the guy running the company died.

The Commodore name still has a lot of cachet outside the US. It's also not been 'gone' as long overseas; someone licensed the name for a line of TVs and consumer electronics, for instance.

I thought the 'VIC-20' MP3 player was clever, at least; it had 20 gigs of storage.

Comment Re:the other catch.... (Score 1) 62

I've been keeping smartphones in my pocket since there have been smartphones and have never had a problem.

Of course, I also have a phone that's the size of a phone, not some dumbass mini-tablet that was made as thin as can be apparently just to make it more fragile and drive up replacement part sales.

Comment Amiga Things I Wish I Could Get In Windows, OS X (Score 1) 484

Those are all things I do miss from the Amiga, but here are the things I most miss:

The focus paradigm. Windows and Mac use 'click to focus, focus raises window to top'.

Xmouse is 'hover mouse over window to focus, click raises'.

Amiga did 'click focuses but does not raise window'. It combines the best of both - you can focus a window that's behind another one, and you don't have to worry about tapping the mouse (or trackpad!) and changing the focus because the pointer moved. You could also double-click to raise the window, and windows had a depth widget that would raise it to the front or push it to the back of the stack.

The other thing I miss are DataTypes. The easiest way to explain DataTypes is 'Video codecs, but for everything.' Install a PNG DataType and any program that works with images suddenly understands PNGs. There are text format DataTypes, sound format, video format, etc.

FORTRAN is not a flower but a weed -- it is hardy, occasionally blooms, and grows in every computer. -- A.J. Perlis