Date: Sun, 28 Aug 94 16:49:18 PDT
Subject: HPUX explained...
[In case you don't already know, HPUX is the Hewlett Packard version of the
Unix Operating System. As such, it is a target for sly (and not so sly)
Forwarded-by: bostic@CS.Berkeley.EDU (Keith Bostic)
Forwarded-by: "Charles M. Hannum" <email@example.com>
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuter) - Security guards found about 120
marijuana plants growing on the grounds of a northern California
factory owned by electronics firm Hewlett-Packard Co, the
company said Tuesday.
Jeff Weber, a spokesman for Hewlett-Packard's facility at
Santa Rosa, 50 miles north of San Francisco, said a worker at
the plant found a hose leading from the company's irrigation
system near a baseball field to a heavily overgrown open space
on plant grounds last Friday.
The worker alerted security guards who investigated and
found a drip irrigation system and about 120 marijuana plants at
the end of the hose, Weber said.
The security guards then called police who took away the
plants, he said.
``It's very surprising and we're quite unhappy about the
situation,'' Weber said, adding that it was the first time that
marijuana plants had been found growing on company property.
Some 2,200 employees work at the 195-acre facility in Santa
Rosa where Hewlett-Packard manufactures electronic test and
The plant is ringed by a perimeter fence and guards are
posted at the main entrances.
Weber said the plants were found in a virtually inaccessible
area. ``It took a chain saw to cut our way through the thick
undergrowth to get to the area.''
It was not known who was cultivating the plants and there
were no leads, he said. It was possible that someone had entered
company property illegally and cultivated the plants.
Weber said the company had not opened a formal internal
investigation, but it was checking remaining open space at the
Santa Rosa plant to make sure no other plants were growing there
and was asking employees to contact the security department if
they had any information about the plants.
Weber said the plants varied in size between three and eight
feet tall and had apparently not been harvested.
Illegal growing of marijuana plants is quite common in
several northern California counties.
© 1994 Peter Langston