Life imitates Dilbert

Faking an LCD panel

LCD panels are expensive. The bigger the panel, the harder it is to make, and yields are low—which is why laptop screens can have up to three “stuck” pixels visible before they’re considered faulty. If only perfect LCDs were acceptable, prices would be incredibly high.

This being the case, a number of companies are looking for ways to glue together multiple small LCDs to make one really big one.

So imagine: You’re the CEO of a technology startup supposedly working on a revolutionary new way to tile LCDs to make big screens, called “Grout-Free”. The annual general meeting is coming up, and the shareholders are asking to see some evidence that the technology you’ve been working on for so many months will actually work. What do you do?

Answer: You quickly head down to the local electronics store, buy a huge plasma screen, write some demo software, add some fake join marks, and hope nobody will notice.