Masrou2a App on LBCI

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I wasn’t expecting the post I wrote on how to detect stolen cars to get so many positive feedbacks but it did and I hope someone will pass the idea to the authorities as we need to place these license plate scanners and come up with that app the soonest. Just to be clear, what I proposed is not a revolutionary solution as the technology is old and a lot of countries use it and even have complex networks of smart cameras to help them track stolen or suspicious cars. Moreover, it seems few people have already starting working on such an app or at leastthought of it, but what I am proposing is more than just an app.

Now to answer some of the replies I got on the previous post:
– License plate recognition is not only based on a plate number but also on details related to the car and even its location. Since every car should have its plate number, switching plate numbers between cars can also be detected. After all, it’s a software that’s linked to a database and you can do the matching anyway you like.
– Politicians using convoys and fake plate numbers is a real problem to this system and I think the Interior Ministry should restrict the number of cars that are allowed to use fake plate numbers. If an MP’s son wanted to go out to party with a fake plate number and tinted car, he should be stopped.

Of course this will not stop suicide bombers as they might resort to buying and registering cars but it will definitely make it harder and more expensive for them. Moreover it will help the ISF track down stolen cars and maybe figure out where they’re setting up the cars with explosives or catch random car thieves.

Thank you Maytham for the mention and I loved the simulations done. It’s exactly what I had in mind.

What’s Happening With Telecom Minister Boutros Harb’s Twitter Account?

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After the two weird tweets that showed up on his TL one day before he was appointed as Telecom Minister, Boutros Harb apparently has decided to delete his old Twitter account and come up with a new one (@Harb_Boutros). I am not sure why he would do that specially that he had over 11k followers and now has to start from scratch. Harb announced his official handle on his FB Page but still the National News Agency got it wrong and mentioned the old handle.

Eitherway, Hagop investigated the whole thing after noticing that Harb’s old account suddenly changed into LebInvestigate and is now blocked.

On another note, Harb asked to enhance the ministry’s website and I agree that it needs a major revamp.

Pictures Of The Two Lebanese Army Soldiers Killed In Yesterday’s Hermel Explosion

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An Army Officer Elias el Khoury and a solider called Hamzeh Faitruny were the victims of yesterday’s terrorist attack in Hermel as reported by the Lebanese Army Website. DailyStar spoke of a third victim called Mohammad Ayyoub but I couldn’t find his picture anywhere. The reason why I am sharing these photos is because people are either sharing wrong images of Elias el Khoury or just Officer Elias el Khoury’s picture.

May they all rest in peace.

Angelina Jolie Visiting Syrian Refugees In Lebanon

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MixFM Posted on their Facebook page few hours ago that Angelina Jolie “is currently in Lebanon on a humanitarian mission and that they will not disclose her location for security reasons”, but LebanonFiles weren’t so discreet about her visit and revealed where she’s staying and what she’s doing. Basically, she’s visiting Syrian Refugees in the Bekaa and staying at Hotel Kadri in Zahle near the Bardawni river.

Here are two of the few pictures taken by Annahar of Angelina’s secret visit to Lebanon:

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Lebanese Skier Alex Mohbat Finishes 42nd Out of 117 racers In His Slalom Race

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Alex had finished 69th in his first race but managed to clinch the 42nd spot in the Slalom race after 2 runs. Slalom races are really tough and there are a lot of DNFs as you can see in the final results even among the favorites, so congrats to Alex on this encouraging result!

Jackie Chamoun finished in 48th spot after her two runs in the Slalom race.

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Beirut Protest Against The Government of Venezuela

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I spotted today a protest that was taking place at Martyrs Square against the “Criminal government of Venezuela” as one of the banners said. I assume the organizers and participants were Venezuelan-Lebanese. According to Wikipedia, there are around 300,000 Lebanese Venezuelan, which is one of the largest Lebanese population in the Americas.

Whatsapp Down In Lebanon

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Lebanese Telecom Minister Boutros Harb tweeted today to explain to the Lebanese that the ministry had nothing to do with the Whatsapp outage and that the applicaton is facing problems. I can imagine how panicked all the Lebanese were. Whatsapp was bought by Facebook for $19 billion dollars and the first change done was making the “last seen” notification become optional.

Jounieh Floating Island or Cedar Island?

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I was reading an article in Al-Akhbar about a floating Cedar Island in the bay of Jounieh, then I saw that Lebanondebate posted about this as well with a picture that reminded me of a very old project (Cedar Island) I had heard of years ago and that was planned to be built off the Damour coast. I don’t know how Al-Akhbar managed to mix up both projects but it looks like they are talking about the Jounieh Floating Island project, which is basically a Self Propelled Floating Resort done by a company called Beirut International.

The website doesn’t say much about the project and whether it will be done anytime soon. The company’s Facebook page says it should be done by 2015 and I have to admit that it’s an interesting concept if it doesn’t cost much but I don’t know how sustainable it is. As for the Cedar Island project, the website no longer exists and the project itself is a very ambitious plan that emerged more than 5 years ago if I am not mistaken and that I doubt will ever take place.

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