It is full of rivets.Why are they so visible on this particular aircraft? Why doesn't the radome have rivets?
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At the risk of sounding ridiculous, the purpose of the rivets is to hold the plane together. More specifically, they hold the outer aluminum skin to the structural skeleton of the aircraft:
(That skeleton happens to be made of manilla folders, but the real one is pretty much identical except that it's bigger and made of metal.)
There are also additional rivets around things like the AOA vane, holding doublers in place to stiffen the skin where these instruments penetrate and create additional load. The radome has no rivets as it is a single molded piece of plastic. It does however have structural stiffeners, which you can see running fore-to-aft in the photo.
You can see the rivets clearly on this particular aircraft because of the paint scheme (all white) and lighting, however if you look closely you can spot them on any 777 nose.
Here's one from an aircraft during assembly, and as the interior has not been installed you can also see the skeleton through the windscreen openings: