At minimum it was covered in either Freakonomics or Superfreakonomics.... at least 5 years ago...
What is the difference between 0.02M or 0.02k?
Trademark of USG.
then the airspace they fly in will become regulated and the drones stop by process of red tape. there is no concrete boundary in my property deed limiting my vertical space....therefore, i could exert my sovereignty over my airspace...
Given the rogue unregulated nature of this airspace they want to exploit, I will claim the airspace over my property as my own and setup a few, ummm, butterfly nets...
So then they buy a retail copy to get support. I'm not saying it is completely useless, just useless to someone who has been using Windows long enough or is comfortable with computers in general.
Who actually calls Microsoft for support? They should scrap Retail, OEM, System builder, etc. and just have With Support $X, Without Support $Y.
Hidden? Not the last time I checked. If you skip the Wi-Fi setup, you CAN'T create the online account, so you create the local account. No access to Windows Store? Boo. Hoo.
What if the object starts at an enormous size, and the physical size erodes at the same rate as the angular size increases?
The 3D printing didn't have anything to do with it. Getting 10 failed transmissions from the junk yard, rebuilding a single good one, and using the others for various experiments would be cheaper and lead to far greater understanding. The fact that it was 3D printed is largely irrelevant and didn't make it any more accessible. If the goal was learning about transmissions, then my above example would garner far more knowledge. If it is to learn about 3D printing, there would be countless other examples (like one piece manufacturing with metal) that would yield far more impressive results, and potentially lead to improved manufacturing processes.
I didn't say "this entire exercise" had no value, I'm saying that the fact it is a 3D printed, otherwise common every day part, with no other greater derived knowledge doesn't really make it news worthy, nor generate valuable discussion for others.
People can do whatever they want with their own time.
I really don't want to troll, but these "articles" themselves are trolling. 3D printing as a form of non-useful replication is a waste of time, as the person could have likely acquired an equivalently non-functioning identical part for less.
3D printing something which is actually useful, functional replication, reduced cost, increased availability, etc...THOSE would be useful articles to read, since it can generate positive discussion and ideas to move the technology forward.
Oblig. xkcd. 1% of anything but Apple, Google, Microsoft, IBM, etc. is still a remarkably small number. Progress? Yes. Newsworthy or worth being associated with "year of _______"? No.
It is a market blip.
The primary function of the design engineer is to make things difficult for the fabricator and impossible for the serviceman.