The CIC brass can’t stand these guys because they upload staggering quantities of information to the database, on the off chance that some of it will eventually be useful. It’s like writing down the license plate of every car you see on your way to work each morning, just in case one of them will be involved in a hit-and-run accident. Even the CIC database can only hold so much garbage. So, usually, these habitual gargoyles get kicked out of CIC before too long.
—Snowcrash, by Neal Stephenson
Sound familiar? “CIC” stands for Central Intelligence Corporation. Gargoyles refer to agents decked out in computer equipment that captures everything around them.