Friday, November 11, 2005

Tin foil hat time

MIT study
- Using a $250,000 network analyser, we find that although on average all helmets attenuate invasive radio frequencies in either directions (either emanating from an outside source, or emanating from the cranium of the subject), certain frequencies are in fact greatly amplified. These amplified frequencies coincide with radio bands reserved for government use according to the Federal Communication Commission (FCC). Statistical evidence suggests the use of helmets may in fact enhance the government's invasive abilities. We speculate that the government may in fact have started the helmet craze for this reason. - linked by Boing-Boing.


D.T. said...

The network analyzer shown in the picture originally sold for just $10-$20k. It's an HP 8714B. Even the most expensive network analyzers like the HP 8510 are around $80k. Anyway, the product shown is not $250k, or even $25k. See here:

Gary said...

According to the report it is an Agilent 8714ET.

I don't know the new price but used ones are now going for $15,000. There appear to be several analysers in the pictures.