The digital hermitage: How “remote work” has changed over 20 years

Enlarge / Not my actual home office, but you get the idea. (credit: Manuel Breva Colmeiro / Getty Images) As we look back on the past 20 years of Ars Technica from our “orbiting HQ,” one of the things we’ve gotten to witness firsthand is how the nature of working from home has changed. Today, […]

Russians again! Tourist storms bank on remote Norwegian island without any escape plan

A small Norwegian town on a remote archipelago near the North Pole, where polar bears outnumber residents, has been shaken by the first-ever bank robbery in its living memory. On Friday morning, a 29-year-old Russian tourist visited a bank in the town of Longyearbyen on Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. He threatened bank personnel […]

Indian police have mapped out the spot where a remote, isolated tribe were seen burying a 26-year-old American — but they still don’t know how to recover his remains

AP Photo/Gautam Singh Indian authorities said they have generally located the area on a remote Indian island where an isolated tribe was seen burying a 26-year-old American. John Allen Chau was allegedly killed with arrows earlier this month after venturing onto the island, where he sought to bring Christianity to the tribespeople. It’s unclear whether […]

'Heartbreaking:' 145 pilot whales die after washing ashore on remote NZ beach (VIDEO)

Two massive pods totaling up to 145 pilot whales beached and died after washing up on an hard-to-reach sandy beach in New Zealand. Half of the stranded mammals died when the help arrived, the rest were put down. New Zealand’s Department of Conservation (DoC) has released daunting footage showing dozens of pilot whales sprawled helplessly […]

Game of Thrones: George RR Martin HIDING in remote cabin to finally FINISH Winds of Winter

The latest book in A Song of Ice and Fire was released when the Game of Thrones TV show aired over seven years ago. And as the final season arrives next April, fans are hopeful Martin will have finished The Winds of Winter by the end of 2019 too. Certainly, the 70-year-old author has admitted […]

What’s it like to live on tiny island in remote Arctic Norway?

Sophie Kelk November 16, 2018 Share this article For six weeks, Sophie Kelk lived on a remote Norwegian island north of the Arctic Circle. This is what she discovered about island life—the good, the bad, and above all, the community spirit. As my flight begins its descent into Bodø, I catch a glimpse of the […]

Japanese auction reveals Nintendo’s first Wii remote… for the GameCube

Yahoo Auctions Over the weekend, a Japanese auction site revealed an incredibly rare version of Nintendo’s Wii remote: one that was designed not for a Wii console, but for the previous generation’s GameCube. And at least one game developer has already attested to its legitimacy. The previously unrevealed remote controller, which sold at Yahoo Auctions for […]

This remote tribe in New Guinea cuts boys’ skin with razors so they look like crocodiles

Crocodiles may be creatures that Western people fear, but a remote tribe in Papua New Guinea revere the reptile so much they try to look like them. In an extreme initiation ceremony which sometimes ends in death, boys as young as 11 are sliced with razor blades with the very purpose that they will scar. […]