Google to Require Seamless Update System Beginning With Android 11

In non-COVID-19 news, Google is apparently going to start requiring manufacturers to implement its “seamless update” system beginning with Android 11.

Essentially, Android 11 will require devices to have a separate system partition that is an identical copy of the main partition. When an updated to Android is available, the update installs itself on the second partition. When that installation is finished, the phone is rebooted, and the secondary partition becomes the primary partition.

The intent here is to reduce the downtime that can come with some Android updates, as well as always having a good partition that can be booted to if an update goes awry.

The system partition, by the way, is apparently relatively small on a typical Android device–it clocked in at about 320 megabytes on the 2016 Pixel 1.

Trump Wants to Know Whether There Was An IG Report About H1N1. (Spoiler Alert: There Was)

Donald Trump continues to throw a trantrum about Health and Human Services Inspector General Christi Grimm releasing a report showing that hospitals are still experiencing severe shortages in testing for COVID-19. This afternoon, Trump tweeted:

Trump is so stupid, he doesn’t realize that Health and Human Services did release a report in June 2012 looking back at what went right and wrong with the administration’s response to H1N1.

Whereas Trump can brook nothing but fawning obsequiousness–which led him to fire Grimm–the Obama administration-era report on H1N1 was clear about mistakes it made.

In the early weeks of the pandemic, the surveillance case definition was adjusted in response to increasing knowledge about the 2009 H1N1 virus. These changes were appropriate to improve surveillance for cases of pandemic influenza, but use of case definitions primarily for surveillance rather than clinical care was not communicated clearly to the clinical practices community. Additionally, diagnostic tests for accurately detecting influenza, especially for confirming 2009 H1N1, were not accessible and led to frustration within the clinical community due to their lack of availability. The low sensitivity of commercially available rapid antigen detection tests led to misdiagnosis and under-treatment of people with 2009 H1N1 influenza. In addition, frequent changes in the case definition created challenges in data collection and interpretation.

The report makes a number of recommended policy and procedural changes to better deal with future pandemics.

It’s unlikely that Trump has the necessary level of literacy to read and comprehend the report, but at least one his aides could have drawn up a cartoon version for him on an index card or something.