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Old 25-01-2018, 06:47 AM   #1
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Facebook invented a new time unit

"Facebook invented a new time unit called the ‘flick’ and it’s truly amazing"

Not sure if I'm as "over the moon" about this as the person who wrote the article title above..not even sure if this has any real-world practical use outside of programming and computers. I get how it could be useful, but isn't it just a case of "splitting hairs"?..and couldn't they have come up with name that is unique?

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Re: Facebook invented a new time unit

It is pretty exciting... if vendors embrace it.

From the src: https://github.com/OculusVR/Flicks
Quote:
//! 24 fps frame: 29400000 flicks
//! 25 fps frame: 28224000 flicks
//! 30 fps frame: 23520000 flicks
//! 48 fps frame: 14700000 flicks
//! 50 fps frame: 14112000 flicks
//! 60 fps frame: 11760000 flicks
//! 90 fps frame: 7840000 flicks
//! 100 fps frame: 7056000 flicks
//! 120 fps frame: 5880000 flicks
//! 8000 fps frame: 88200 flicks
//! 16000 fps frame: 44100 flicks
//! 22050 fps frame: 32000 flicks
//! 24000 fps frame: 29400 flicks
//! 32000 fps frame: 22050 flicks
//! 44100 fps frame: 16000 flicks
//! 48000 fps frame: 14700 flicks
//! 88200 fps frame: 8000 flicks
//! 96000 fps frame: 7350 flicks
//! 192000 fps frame: 3675 flicks
Italics for audio sample rates...

I think it has the potential to make working with different rates a lot easier. If software measures its times in flicks then it's very easy to compensate for different rates without having to adjust rates so that they all match (an issue I've found in my limited video editing experience). Also has the potential to make synchronisation in interactive media a lot easier etc...

I have to admit that I chuckled pretty hard when I read that they'd "Open Sourced" it. Pretty sure you can't 'copyright' a number Facebook. Reading the source (which I guess what they're licensing) it doesn't really do anything, just computes time to nanosecond and computes single flick unit.

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Re: Facebook invented a new time unit

Yeah..I get what you're saying..I just meant it's not really going to impact the average person out there in their day-to-day lives, as it seems more like something you might need to know if you're making something for public use or consumption..but on the user end I don't really see it having much of an impact..settings will still be the same as before..it's just a way to make things work more smoothly together and /or bridge the gap between various products and services.

..and that name..couldn't they have come up with something other than one that's used for female masturbation?

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