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"In 1970 I found little difficulty staying 30 years ahead of the man in the street, and now I find it difficult to stay 18 months ahead of the man on the street."
- Vernor Vinge

N-e (Needle-eyeification) Weapon  
  A class of weapons that had the most precise effect imaginable.  

According to the connisseur of weapons, Surely G. Febbs, the best of all possible weapons is one which is absolutely precise.

In the following quote, Mr. Febbs is referring to the Civic Notification Distorter.

"The final solution," Febbs said, "in my opinion, in n-e weapons." N-e: that signified the esoteric term, used in Wes-bloc's weapons circles such as the Board which he now (God in his wisdom be praised!) belonged to, needle-eye. And needle-eyeification was the fundamental direction which weapons had been taking for a near half-century. It meant, simply, weapons with the most precise effect conceivable. In theory it was possible to imagine a weapon - as yet untranced of by Mr. Lars himself, still - that would slay one given individual at a given instant at a given intersection at one particular given city in Peep-East. Or in Wes-bloc, for that matter...

God, how clearly he could conceive it in his own mind. One would sit down - he would - in a room. Before him, a control panel with dials ... and one single button. He would read the dials, note the settings. Time, space, the synchronicity of the dimensional factors would move toward fusion. And Gafne Rostow (that was the everyman name for the average enemy citizen) would walk briskly toward that spot, to arrive at that time.

From The Zap Gun, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Galaxy Publishing in 1965
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This term really captures the mania for precise weaponry that has taken hold of our civilian leadership ever since they saw the pictures taken during the Gulf war in which specific structures - and no others - would be destroyed. Perfect surgical strikes with no collateral damage. True n-e weapons.

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