1 Flick

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FACE­BOOK IN­VENTS A NEW UNIT OF TIME

Face­book’s vir­tual re­al­ity team, Ocu­lus, has in­vented a new unit by which to mea­sure time — the Flick. The unit equates to 1/705,600,000 of a sec­ond (less than one seven-mil­lionth of a sec­ond) which is a frac­tion that hap­pens to be a very neat fac­tor of num­bers such as 1/23.976, 1/25, 1/30, 1/44.1, 1/60 and so on. As you may have no­ticed, these are all com­mon fram­er­ates and fre­quen­cies used for var­i­ous for­mats of me­dia (30fps video, 44.1KHz au­dio for in­stance) for which the unit was de­vised. As many of these frac­tions would oth­er­wise trans­late to re­cur­ring dec­i­mals, the Ocu­lus team hopes that the Flick will make me­dia pro­cess­ing more har­mo­nious and ti­dier.

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