"The notion that a tin foil hat can significantly reduce the intensity of incident radio frequency radiation on the wearer's brain has some scientific validity, as the effect of strong radio waves has been documented for quite some time. A well-constructed tin foil enclosure would approximate a Faraday cage, reducing the amount of (typically harmless) radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation passing through to the interior of the structure. A common high school physics demonstration involves placing an AM radio on tin foil, and then covering the radio with a metal bucket. This leads to a noticeable reduction in signal strength. The efficiency of such an enclosure in blocking such radiation depends on the thickness of the tin foil, as dictated by the skin depth, the distance the radiation can propagate in a particular non-ideal conductor. For half-millimetre-thick tin foil, radiation above about 20 kHz (i.e., including both AM and FM bands) would be partially blocked, although tin foil is not sold in this thickness, so numerous layers of tin foil would be required to achieve this effect.
The effectiveness of the tin foil hat as electromagnetic shielding for stopping radio waves is greatly reduced by it not being a complete enclosure. Placing an AM radio under a metal bucket without a conductive layer underneath demonstrates the relative ineffectiveness of such a setup. Indeed, because the effect of an ungrounded Faraday cage is to partially reflect the incident radiation, a radio wave that is incident on the inner surface of the hat (i.e., coming from underneath the hat-wearer) would be reflected and partially 'focused' towards the user's brain. While tin foil hats may have originated in some understanding of the Faraday cage effect, the use of such a hat to attenuate radio waves belongs properly to the realm of pseudoscience."
I decided, after reading a few bouts of intense Eve focused paranoia, that I would improve of understanding of tinfoil hats. They seem quite popular in this game. The above selection from Wikipedia was most interesting when it is combined with this notation about tinfoil:
"Tin foil, also spelled tinfoil, is a thin foil made of tin. Actual tin foil was superseded by cheaper and more durable aluminium foil after World War II, although aluminium foil is still referred to as "tin foil" in many regions."Maybe the problem is the quality of the tinfoil people are wearing? It seems to be as adequate a theory as any other I have seen for the paranoia that follows some sections of the Eve community
My thoughts wandered upon this topic after skimming a thread on the Eve Online forums. I know. The forums are a dark place full of pain and suffering. Yet, I find myself drawn back. The pull is similar to that of a tongue probing a sore spot in the mouth. Ouch. Push. Ouch. Push. Ouch. And so forth and so on.
But as I gazed upon this thread, a thread that has managed not to yet die, I started to wonder if the Earth was running out of tinfoil. Although, in game, we operate in another part of the universe there are times where I have to leave the reality of Eve and entered the cold forces of real life where I have to wash dishes. So, after my dish-washing I found myself worried about the amount of tin left on the planet. We have a tendency to use up metals and the sheer speed of conspiracy theory that washes across Eve worried me. Tin is the 49th most common element on the planet. Is that populous enough to support the need that Eve draws from it?
Conspiracies flow through the game. I was fascinated by the argument that people wanted full API keys so that they could steal the market secrets of new players to fund their corporations and alliances. And, when everyone blinked and said, "what?" the response was that they had uncovered this massive secret that was being hidden. That massive secret of draining money from the market by dredging the buying habits of new players.
I am going to form a corporation now and become rich. I wish I had known this was how all of the big groups became so wealthy.