Aluminium foil hats are/aren’t dangerous

Tinfoil hats are bad?!?Well this isn’t good news for some people I’ve met… Some MIT students with access to loads of gear checked out the RF properties of some common aluminium foil hat configurations (Fez, Centurion, and the Classical) and discovered, much to the horror of nuts everywhere, that they can amplify frequencies used by government agencies:

The helmets amplify frequency bands that coincide with those allocated to the US government between 1.2 Ghz and 1.4 Ghz. According to the FCC, These bands are supposedly reserved for ”radio location” (ie, GPS), and other communications with satellites (see, for example, [3]). The 2.6 Ghz band coincides with mobile phone technology. Though not affiliated by government, these bands are at the hands of multinational corporations.

It requires no stretch of the imagination to conclude that the current helmet craze is likely to have been propagated by the Government, possibly with the involvement of the FCC. We hope this report will encourage the paranoid community to develop improved helmet designs to avoid falling prey to these shortcomings.

 Thats right folks, the hats will let the secret beams into your head. I’m glad I don’t own any stock in Alcoa.

[via Engadget]

Aluminium foil hats are/aren’t dangerous