CK Sample Calls Our AOL Story Lousey

An anchor commentator at AOL-owned Netscape.com questiond the veracity of our post, “AOL Wants to Sell “Internet” to the Dead.

C.K. says: There is no corroborating evidence to support this story or the letter that the story is based upon…there’s something that smacks of the urban legend or internet mythology in this piece.

That’s correct, there’s no evidence. We would love to have a smoking gun but it’s too good a story to pass up. Instead, we have a picture of a louse.

Here’s but a notion: C.K., if you want conclusive proof or disproof, why not entreat of your AOL homebase to provide you with Brenda’s records? Drop us a line, we’ll ask Brenda if it’s okay and disclose the necessary information for you to pursue this line of inquiry.

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  1. BostonBum says:

    Better watch out; AOL is pulling out the big guns now. Don’t let him off the hook by letting him pretend he’s just a Netscape employee. He proudly boasts on his homepage (http://www.sampletheweb.com/?page_id=640) that he took a full-time position with AOL this year (by choice, mind you). This hefty man who’s greatest achievement in life is publishing a book of hacks for the Playstation Portable is nothing to be afraid of.

  2. Ben Popken says:

    Shawn writes:

    “Hi,

    My name is Shawn and I work for America Online as well. I’m writing this on the comment that you had made on your post

    “Here’s but a notion: C.K., if you want conclusive proof or disproof, why not entreat of your AOL homebase to provide you with Brenda’s records? Drop us a line, we’ll ask Brenda if it’s okay and disclose the necessary information for you to pursue this line of inquiry.”

    While I cannot say 100% I don’t believe this is possible. However from my experiences when I was in member services (I work in technologies now) when a caller is a relative of a deceased member there is a form that we have for the caller to fill out. This requires certain information.

    This is to ensure that no one can just call and say “Hey my aunt died and I need the password for the account”, it’s a measure of security unfortunately even if the member is deceased we cannot verify that without having certain information and that is what this form is for.

    I would like to apologize for the incovience that member experienced, however since I am not an official spokesperson for AOL I cannot officially extend an apology however did want to clarify that “getting Brenda’s records” isn’t at simple as it sounds. We take security very seriously with member accounts and so just entering records without a valid resason isn’t something just anyone (I believe even CK) is able to do.”