# Thread: Facebook invents a new unit of time: the flick (frame-tick)

1. ## Facebook invents a new unit of time: the flick (frame-tick)

One flick is exactly 1/705600000 of a second. It was devised for content creators.

3. ## Re: Facebook invents a new unit of time: the flick (frame-tick)

Flick is a portmanteau word for frame-tick
And where, exactly, in "frame-tick" did they get an 'L' from?

4. ## Re: Facebook invents a new unit of time: the flick (frame-tick)

If it's really a portmanteau, surely it should be "frick"? It's fake news, I tell you...

5. ## Re: Facebook invents a new unit of time: the flick (frame-tick)

It's a quantum 'L' - it gets disrupted if you try and observe it.

Saracen (23-01-2018)

7. ## Re: Facebook invents a new unit of time: the flick (frame-tick)

Originally Posted by The Article
smallest unit of time which is larger than a nanosecond
That sentences really got my pedantic side going nuts as a microseconds is the next smallest unit of time that's larger than nanoseconds.

8. ## Re: Facebook invents a new unit of time: the flick (frame-tick)

Originally Posted by Corky34
That sentences really got my pedantic side going nuts as a microseconds is the next smallest unit of time that's larger than nanoseconds.
well, not by their definition, as 1 flick is less than 1 microsecond. OTOH 1.00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001 ns is both smaller than 1 flick and larger than 1ns, so.....
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9. ## Re: Facebook invents a new unit of time: the flick (frame-tick)

Originally Posted by mtyson
It's a quantum 'L' - it gets disrupted if you try and observe it.
Nice. I actually, physically LOL'd at that.

10. ## Re: Facebook invents a new unit of time: the flick (frame-tick)

sod the maths....just why?

11. ## Re: Facebook invents a new unit of time: the flick (frame-tick)

Originally Posted by scaryjim
well, not by their definition, as 1 flick is less than 1 microsecond. OTOH 1.00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001 ns is both smaller than 1 flick and larger than 1ns, so.....
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At least i know I'm not alone, someone raised it as an issue on their github page, or at least i think they did, I'm getting confused with all those zeros.

12. ## Re: Facebook invents a new unit of time: the flick (frame-tick)

Nah, it should be a fick not a frick, and definitely not a flick. But anyway, who gives one? The world is littered with bad acronyms/abbreviations. One more isn't going to matter. It'll just get lost in the noise.

13. ## Re: Facebook invents a new unit of time: the flick (frame-tick)

Originally Posted by 3dcandy
sod the maths....just why?
I read on the register (I think) that the frame accuracy really helps with VR keeping everything in sync more accurately than previous methods that relied on floating point maths and rounding issues that introduces...

14. ## Re: Facebook invents a new unit of time: the flick (frame-tick)

Originally Posted by scaryjim
well, not by their definition, as 1 flick is less than 1 microsecond. OTOH 1.00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001 ns is both smaller than 1 flick and larger than 1ns, so.....
Yes that one got me weirded out too. Apart from the excessive zeros in your example, we could just say 1/705600001 is smaller instead. But Corky's got it right - they don't mean unit as in an amount (2 vs 3), they mean it as a standard of measure (yards vs meters). But seeing as they just invented it, it's a bit obnoxious to boast about it vs the nanosecond when it isn't even *narrowly* adopted yet. Hey, I've just invented a new unit of time which is faster than a flick but slower than a nanosecond! I call it the Noli and it's exactly 1/705600001 seconds! Ha Ha! I win! I win!

scaryjim (26-01-2018)

16. ## Re: Facebook invents a new unit of time: the flick (frame-tick)

Originally Posted by Noli
... I call it the Noli and it's exactly 1/705600001 seconds! Ha Ha! I win! I win!
I do sometimes wonder if my various flavours of jim on the internet have a size precedence order...