Fundy Trail beckons you to get off the high-speed highway

The view along the Fundy Trail offers something at every compass point – crashing waves, rocks, hills, forests, waterfalls and streams

Fundy Trail beckons you to get off the high-speed highwayThis is the first of a five-part series on travel on Canada's East Coast. On my recent trip to New Brunswick, I finally drove the Fundy Trail and saw Fundy National Park. It inspired me to sell the province a new tourism slogan. The slogan, worth millions, is “Get Off The Road!” I’m also considering…

Everything you’ve ever heard about Paris is true

Everything you’ve ever heard about Paris is true: Expensive. Unfriendly. Grimy. Noisy. Gaudy. Congested. So why do I ache with longing whenever I hear the name? And why do I spend every cent I can spare to fly there again and again when there are a thousand-and-one other places in the world I’ve yet to…

Voice-activated assistants vulnerable to hackers

Voice-activated assistants like Amazon Alexa, Google Home and Apple’s Siri are prime targets for sabotage, big and small

Voice-activated assistants vulnerable to hackersBy Brennen Schmidt ALEUS Technology Group and Allan Bonner Troy Media columnist Whether listening to the radio in its digital or analogue form, fans will know the rush associated with contests. A station’s telephone lines can soon become jammed with requests from callers hoping to be “lucky caller number five.” While this may sound innocent,…

The Internet provides ‘a boundless supply of victims’

So why don't we pay attention to the detail necessary to secure our information?

The Internet provides ‘a boundless supply of victims’By Brennen Schmidt ALEUS Technology Group and Allan Bonner Troy Media columnist Cops have a pretty good set of rules and responses. They look for the good and bad actors. They question everything and have a response for most eventualities. “Move along buddy” solves a lot of problems, for example. It turns out that Det.…

A green city project in Russia comes alive

The project is supported by thorough research into what works best to create a green city, a large injection of funds and the participation of lots of volunteers

A green city project in Russia comes aliveBy Natalia Pryadilina, Roy Damary and Allan Bonner The green city movement has given environmentalism new energy and purpose. Large urban populations offer economies of scale and walkability, and bring businesses closer to each other, their customers and their suppliers. But all of this comes with costs: pollution and waste. Understanding the greening of cities is…

Turning streets into destinations, one bench at a time

Outdoor furniture and art are essential parts of a healthy urban environment

Turning streets into destinations, one bench at a timeBy Natalia Pryadilina, Roy Damary and Allan Bonner Most of us upgrade our furniture over time. We progress from a student’s bookcase made of bricks and planks, through second-hand furniture, to better and newer items. The same is true of green cities, where outdoor furniture is a key component. If citizens are to be encouraged to…

Beware the botnet, the 21st century’s horror story

The Internet of things has made us all vulnerable to the malicious work of web warriors, who are intent on upending the computer-controlled world

Beware the botnet, the 21st century’s horror storyBy Brennen Schmidt ALEUS Technology Group and Allan Bonner Troy Media columnist In old TV comedies, soap bubbles from the washing machine rise up the basement stairs and fill the living room, or the oven keeps baking until the cake occupies the whole kitchen. This was funny before the Internet of things (IoT) meant that…

Buildings must be the foundation of a green city

Building standards include energy balance and water use, health and well-being of occupants, pollution, transport, materials, waste and ecology

Buildings must be the foundation of a green cityBy Natalia Pryadilina, Roy Damary and Allan Bonner Densely-populated cities are good for the environment in many ways. Condominiums and apartment buildings are more efficiently and easily heated and cooled. Public transport systems move people using a smaller environmental footprint. Walking is healthy. Yet cities also bring noise and air pollution. They create heat islands as…

The human payoff to urban green space

It's a matter of sanitation, hygiene, health and aesthetics, and mental well-being, among other things

The human payoff to urban green spaceBy Natalia Pryadilina, Roy Damary and Allan Bonner Just as forests are the lungs of the planet, urban woodland provides the green lungs of cities. But just how do trees absorb pollution and what becomes of it? The green city project underway in the Russian industrial city of Ekaterinburg provides some answers. The leaves of trees…

When the cyber attack comes, will you be prepared?

Now, before any attack occurs, get your messaging in place. Set up third-party advocacy, get legal advice and insurance, and prepare a due diligence defence

When the cyber attack comes, will you be prepared?By Brennen Schmidt ALEUS Technology Group and Allan Bonner Troy Media columnist You need a HOT group to manage a cyber-security breach. That doesn’t mean they need to be dressed well or good-looking. HOT stands for hour one team. Work in this area began long before widespread fears of cyber attacks. It began in the…

When a large city learns the value of hugging trees

Part 1 of a five-part series: Urban vegetation has implications for human mental and physical health, and combats flooding, heat, pollution and soil erosion

When a large city learns the value of hugging treesCan the Russians teach us anything about improving the quality of life in a major industrial city? The authors of a new five-part Troy Media series of articles believe so, especially from the ‘green city’ project being implemented in Russia's fourth largest city, Ekaterinburg (named after Peter the Great's wife) on the Ural mountains. This…

Beware the coming superintelligence of machines

Machine learning is still in its infancy but it won't be long before humans are forced to deal with some very real issues related to artificial intelligence

Beware the coming superintelligence of machinesBy Brennen Schmidt ALEUS Technology Group and Allan Bonner Troy Media columnist This old joke is getting a new life: “Do you believe there’s intelligent life on other planets?” A witty respondent says, “I sure hope so, there’s so little of it here on Earth.” This can be repurposed for a discussion of artificial intelligence…

Unsecure mobile devices a hazard to municipal security

A local official’s smartphone may be the master key that nefarious people seek. Who knows what can be unlocked and what calamity can follow?

Unsecure mobile devices a hazard to municipal securityBy Brennen Schmidt ALEUS Technology Group and Allan Bonner Troy Media columnist One of the great honours for any citizen is to be presented with a key to the city. In today’s digital context, that key might just be in the hand or pocket of your local mayor – and up for grabs for anyone…

Cybercriminals lurk around every high-tech corner

Industrial security in the cyber age must include more than an outdated line of concrete, fences, guns and guards

Cybercriminals lurk around every high-tech cornerBy Brennen Schmidt ALEUS Technology Group and Allan Bonner Troy Media columnist In the same way that shopping online is convenient, terrorism and sabotage are becoming easier. A terrorist, hacker-for-hire or deranged person can gain remote control of power grids, water works, hospitals, industrial operations, self-driving cars and traffic lights. The Internet of things (IoT)…

Staying ahead of threats to cyber security

A not-so-distant future could see blockchain automatically put in place a retaliatory tariff or assemble a dispute resolution panel

Staying ahead of threats to cyber securityBy Brennen Schmidt ALEUS Technology Group and Allan Bonner Troy Media columnist Studying and working in the area of cyber security keeps us alert – and as things rapidly change, alertness is ever more important. It was good to hear of the scanning machine that makes a digital copy of all receipts for later viewing…
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