Tinfoil Hat provides extra privacy configuration for your blog.
I prefer to say I have a hobby in creative thinking. :)
It's more of a tongue-in-cheek reaction to "somebody can write a plugin" and "you're wearing a tinfoil hat" comments I've seen regarding WordPress. Real users haven't the time or knowledge to write a plugin to add extra privacy features to WordPress, and I feel that expecting them to do so is unreasonable. In some cases, Tinfoil Hat does offer some "paranoid" options, but only because I can't possibly predict what piece or pieces of information could possibly be important in every single scenario.
I'm sure they are. But millions of folks don't know these guys. In any case, it's the users' business what, if any, data is collected on them. Tinfoil Hat is about personal choice in information control, not distrust. Shrinkwrap software vendors can't know the security or privacy needs of all their users; something completely innocuous 99.99% of the time might be totally inappropriate for that other .01%.
Let me know about it via the contact form at http://remstate.com/contact. I'll do my best to accomodate feature requests, especially if somebody points out a beacon-like feature that I missed (I'm sure I missed at least one ;).
The dashboard feature in 2.0 and 1.5 is hard-coded into the dashboard. I can't remove it with a plugin -- the closest I can get is to try and spoof out the Magpie cache so that nothing is ever actually fetched. Sorry folks, but the best way to deal with 2.0 and earlier is to hack wp-admin/index.php.