September 15th, 2010

Just how accurate are all those CSI-type shows when it comes to fingerprints?

Just how accurate are all those CSI-type shows when it comes to fingerprints? In case you hadn’t guessed, not very.

A real-life fingerprint examiner says, “If I had an entire family slaughtered, or some serial killer at work, then we would pack up the latent prints and contact the FBI with our pleading tale and send the prints off to wait in a queue with the other slaughters from across the country. It would take months, not less time than a commercial break while I sit in front of my monitor (which would be quite unhelpfully flashing the picture of every single print it searches…why exactly it would be wasting bytes on such pointless graphics has always been a mystery to me) sipping coffee and looking sexy in my lab coat. This would not be possible, and not only because lab coats are stiff and bulky and quite untailored.”

Read more here.



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Don’t decide to self-publish just yet

An author takes a look at why jumping to self-publishing might not be the best move, including:
- lack of professional editing
- overwhelmed by self-pubbed books, readers are more likely to see a book put out by a publisher as having more value
- not as likely to get speaking engagements (not such a consideration for us novelists)
- having to do all your own marketing
- lack of an advance

Reach a much fuller explanation here.



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