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CSI, Criminal Intent, NCIS ... Does all this technology they shows us really exsist?

They always have these super-duper computer geeks, that can zoom in a million times into a fraction of a reflection in the corner of a shopping window. Or find out personal information about somebody in two shakes of a lamb's tale AND locate the person ....
The other day I saw something on Discovery channel. A young couple had used crystal meth for the first time and ended up in the middle of NOWHERE in his pick-up, calling 911 trying to get help (heavy snowfall). Because of the drug they couldn;t tell where they were, they saw things that weren;t there and told things that didn;t happen and so on. End of story: They found his body the next day somewhere in the fields and it took them a week to find her, covered by snow. She had stumbled over a rock and never got up anymore. What a shame. Really sad. And made me think, that if this was CSI or whatever they would have located them in no time through the cell phone. Unfortunately that's not how the real world works. Does it?


Asked by BeachMom81 at 5:26 PM on Dec. 15, 2010 in Entertainment

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  • In real life, lab work is usually tedious and boring. The techs? Usually not hot!

    As with much of entertainment: "Willing suspension of disbelief" keeps it worth watching.

    Answer by JZ10FPM at 5:36 PM on Dec. 15, 2010

  • Even if the technology did exist (not saying it doesn't, because I really don't know), most police departments and crime labs would not have the funding for the equipment. I remember reading a newspaper article awhile back and most everything they do on these shows would never go so quickly in real life. But it makes good entertainment.

    Answer by thatgirl70 at 5:30 PM on Dec. 15, 2010

  • In theory yes. Most police department cannot afford that stuff for real

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 5:30 PM on Dec. 15, 2010

  • The technology is real, but the timing is not. It takes a lot longer to get results because most labs are overworked and short-handed. They are also not that dark. That is one thing that always bugs me ... crime labs are bright.

    Answer by SpiritedWitch at 8:56 PM on Dec. 15, 2010

  • Crime scene techs do not wear high heels and designer suits with their long hair swaying to crime scenes. Talk about contamination of the scene!! They wear ugly TyVek (sp) suits that are designed to keep the tech from leaving their own evidence at the scene. They are covered from head to toe.

    Answer by SpiritedWitch at 8:59 PM on Dec. 15, 2010