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.