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Simple. "Why would any modern product use a standard screw ... etc?"
No modern product would use a standard screw. Any product using a standard screw is unevolved and neanderthalian. Natural selection, in it's most intelligent up- to-date form, socially darwinistic and all/etc, dictates that the evolution of the mind of the user enables this more informed buyer to make the right decision with respect to PURCHASING the engineered product that is more highly evolved.
Economically, supply and demand takes over in this case.
To do the math with respect to the genetic algorithm that generates the extinction of the standard screwdriver will be left to the high-minded developer who has the knowledge to implement it and test in realtime the actual blip on the radar which signals that event has really passed.
In other words, extinction hasn't happened yet but venture capitalists will make sure that it does.
Unless of course what you mean by "modern" is really some clock on some Roman soldiers villa wall.
you are certifiably 100% lacking the proper tool to disassemble them
Agree with this too. So annoying. I remember wanting to take a old HDD which had crashed apart and I couldn't find a star driver to fit it anywhere.
Look how many screws there are: quite terrible ==> List of screw drives - Wikipedia[^]
Look, if you have ever tried a TRUE Robertson ALL the rest are painful.
Note: Not to be confused with the inferior square heads. What is the difference? The taper which effectively locks the driver in to the screw head. When you think about it is so obviously the best way. Slots, Philips, etc. all chatter to some degree - even Allen keys. Even a cheaply made screw is held tightly because of the fundamental design - a taper.
IBM used to outlaw Phillips head screws. There could be many reasons, but Phillips head screws are very easy to strip. Also, there are screw starters for slotted screws, but none that I know of for Phillips. Torx is the only kind I really like.
I'll have to check out the Robertson. I forgot to mention that it is easy to fashion a square head screw driver with a file and almost any piece of metal.
Slot head screws are easier to take out when you don't have your toolbox with you. You can use the dumb little screwdriver head of your swiss army knife. You can use a nail file. You can use a kitchen knife. You can use a dime. Slot head screws are put there for people who don't spend a lot of time taking things apart.