Facebook announces new unit of time

fb_icon  Facebook launched a new product today: Flicks, a new unit of time. Facebook Open Source shared the news on its Twitter account today, pointing to a GitHub library that was published last week. It’s in that library’s Read Me document that we discover just what a flick is and why its definition was necessary.

According the the GitHub page documenting Flicks, a Flick is “the smallest time unit which is LARGER than a nanosecond,” defined as 1/705,600,000 of a second. Facebook had to go and invent its own unit, especially since the second is one of the few units that is universal across SI and imperial units. Facebook says that the flick is the “smallest time unit which is LARGER than a nanosecond”.

C++ to manage these sorts of exact frame syncing, especially when it comes to designing visual effects in CGI.  You’ll be able to use Flicks to ensure that everything is in sync while still using whole integers

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