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A Facebook engineer invented a new time unit, named “flick”, equivalent to 1 / 705,600,000 of a second, and is the next-in-duration unit of time after the nanosecond (billionth of a second).
“Flick” (from the words frame-tick) was designed to help developers synchronize the effects of videos, according to the description of the new time unit on the GitHub website.
“Flick” is defined in the C++ programming language, which is used to create visual effects in cinema, television and other media, reducing graphics errors.
“Flik” is not expected to have wider use and impact, but it can actually help to create improved visual experiences of virtual reality.
The creator of the new unit, Christopher Horvath, as the AMNA broadcasts, first reported “Flik” on his Facebook posting at the beginning of 2017, and since then, according to the BBC, he has made modifications and improvements based on comments from other users.
In the past, other companies had set up their own time units, such as Internet Time by the Swiss watch company Swatch in 1998, which divided the day into 1,000 “beats”, each of which lasted one minute and 26.4 seconds. The new unit was designed to eliminate the need for time zones, but never managed to “catch”.
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