Patrick Holloway voluntairly leaves team

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So yeah, remember that feeling after Mason beat Oklahoma State in Charleston and we might have been the happiest fan base at 2-2? Since then there has been two blow out wins, beat downs at James Madison and Towson, and some roster developments that will severely hurt the team this season. Sure, expectations were low this year, given the transition of a new coach and the roster turnover but now the depth is non-existent. Senior Marko Gujanicic is gone for the time being, and now Patrick Holloway has decided to leave the program all together.

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Marko Gujanicic “summarily suspended”

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George Mason announced yesterday that senior forward Marko Gujanicic has been “summarily suspended”. It relates to academic issues so it looks like this means he’s under review and will go through the university’s process. Another black eye on the season as the team already began the year with senior Patrick Holloway serving a six game suspension. Gujanicic has started every game this year and arguably been the team’s most consistent player night in and night out. Losing him is a big blow as the team has very little depth, especially at forward with Julian Royal still sidelined recovering from a concussion. We saw some of freshman DeAndre Abram playing stretch four against Northern Iowa and we may see more of that without Gujanicic.

“It is a privilege to represent George Mason as a student-athlete,” said Paulsen. “Marko’s status with the program will be determined upon the outcome of the institutional review process.”

Dave Paulsen is not messing around folks.

New Floor

Looks like the changed the floor for this season, no color in the “paint” area it seems:

Floor last season looked like this:

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Dave Paulsen quotes from A-10 Media Day

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Dave Paulsen had his first Atlantic 10 media day event. The biggest takeaway from the interviews was when he was talking about freshman point guard Otis Livingston. From Adam Zagoria:

“If we started the season today, he would start for us at the point,” Paulsen, who went 134-94 in seven seasons at Bucknell, said. “Either way we expect him to play a ton.

Livingston is listed at 5-11, 162 pounds but that might be optimistic.

“I don’t know if he weighs over 160 pounds so we have to artificially restrict his minutes really in the year so he doesn’t wear down,” Paulsen said. “He comes from a winning program, he’s got a charisma about him, and he’s got a great work ethic. He’s really tough. He doesn’t weigh anything but he’s a tough kid. He’s been a really, really pleasant surprise.”

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Mason Madness 2015 photo recap

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Some great photos from last night’s Mason Madness from our own Bill Bride. Next event before the season starts is the green & gold scrimmage which will be Saturday October 24 at 2:30 pm.

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What does Varying the Block Size Limit of Bitcoin Mean?

The block size limit of Bitcoin is the factor that ensures that everybody can participate in the network anonymously. In the past, making a transaction using Bitcoin used to be fast as it could be accepted to a block in a span of 10 minutes. However, nowadays transactions take longer for your Bitcoins to reach their recipient. It can take even hours before the transaction gets accepted. Below is an explanation of the block size limit and its effect when increased.

What is it?

In the Bitcoin network, there is a set upper limit on the block size. Every block contains earlier transactions and other types of data. The block size limit is normally set at 1MB in order to stop spamming on the Bitcoin network and can comfortably handle 2000 transactions. As the network’s popularity grows so does the number of transactions in the network and, hence more unconfirmed transactions pile up in the mempool making the transaction period longer.

What is the Solution?

If no immediate solution is found to this congestion problem in the blockchain, more transactions will continue being delayed. Users looking for quick transfers will then have to pay hefty transaction fees to miners in order to be included sooner in a block. This creates a bidding war on the transaction fees which does not favor the Bitcoin users at all. Most users want the number of transactions increased within the network but there is no consensus on how this feat will be achieved.

An increase in the block size limit could help but this would require the coordination of a number of bitcoin miners as such a move needs a hard fork. The miners have to agree on a specific solution and act together to avoid there being two different forks. Presently, there are different views on how to vary the upper limits and how this limit can be changed by the miners.

The effects have been price fluctuations, damaging the capabilities of Bitcoin due to high transaction fees and long settlement time. Increasing the block size may in the end make Bitcoin mining more centralized thereby breeding a whole set of new problems.