Your saying you have not played the game much or at all yet so I am not sure what you are implying that CCP is messing with you or us as the players? You got to remember part of CCP’s job is to think of clever ways to make us all die both to the game itself and other players to keep the game interesting, challenging and engaging between it’s players and the game.
Is it hard, harsh or even downright unfair sometimes? Sure. Does CCP mess with players sometimes? Who knows, my guess is probably. There is a lot of players messing with CCP too so can’t expect them to not take the clean gloves off sometimes and get their hands dirty dealing with those they think deserve their attention.
The game itself is very complex, in some ways even CCP is an opponent you have to watch out for. Find something that works to your advantage you may find they one day change that because they simply feel it to be unfair to everyone else or maybe you have been messing around and just had it coming.
Sometimes I feel like that but I also understand it is CCP’s game and they are the game masters so ultimately they make the rules we play by but they govern themselves however they want in that regard. Doesn’t always work out to the best of the players but maybe that isn’t always necessarily the case or a bad thing either if it means keeping the game real in a way that was needed.
I don’t think they are getting laughs on making players die for seemingly no reason though. Who knows though maybe there is a rogue programmer throwing a wrench into the machine sometimes in a way that nobody really notices or can’t easily be simply explained as being intentional. CCP and it’s players interact in a lot of different ways, maybe CCP isn’t the only ones to blame whenever something happens that gains our suspicions.
Funny thing this reminded me of when I first started playing this game I went into low sec with a mining venture looking for some rarer ore and when I got to an asteroid belt someone decloaked and when I tried to run for my life being the inexperienced newb I was instead I found myself quickly ejected from my ship and warping to my destination. Shocked, I thought the game was broken and because I was stuck in combat the only option to warp away was leaving my ship as a pod and escaping.
To my surprise the player knew right away I had no clue what I was doing and sent me a size able chunk of ISK for my troubles as they were probably hunting for a more exciting target when they realized I was trying to obtain something required for a tutorial mission.
Anyways, you play, you learn. Sometimes it doesn’t always work out but if you don’t give up eventually you find your way forward.