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Re: Sailboat missing off CA coast
I've seen those things on CSI shows also. We'll see, but I have a feeling it's still science fiction. Those shows fail to take into account the loss of high frequency resolution due to VHF and/or cell phone transmission. Such "voice prints" are not nearly as clear-cut as they make it seem on TV.
In general, the CSI shows are great for getting people interested in and excited about science. The reality is that the answers almost never pop out as cleanly as they make it appear. Real science is always a lot harder than the actors make it look.
There's also the whole restriction on gathering intelligence on U.S. persons -- the only "three letter" federal organization that can do this legally is the FBI. If the NSA were to assist, they'd be in for a very long day in front of the Congressional intel oversight committees.
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