I read the article expecting to read Bill slamming NASCAR, but in reality he acknowledges the excitement of speed in a race and the level of engineering involved which is why he suggested a fuel limit to spur advancements in fuel consumption (due to the competitive nature of the race and the engineering component that already exists).
...and non-sequential/scattered read write patterns are difficult to implement efficiently. I had a problem that either had sequential input and non-sequential/scattered output or the opposite (either way worked) and it really didn't match well with GPU mem access methods.
Tunguska was a 50m asteroid...a 350m asteroid would destroy a small state. I could be wrong, but it seems like just landing on an asteroid could have enough force to alter the orbit (depending on how the landing is handled).
The rational part of the argument is that registration has a higher probability of tracking down the culprit than no registration, and the examples would be guns and cars where there have been at least 1 case in which registration information helped.
Just because we don't really know the stats in advance regarding what percentage of incidents will be prevented (due to fear of being caught) and/or incidents identified doesn't mean that it's an irrational attempt to reduce the problem.
SPOCK: Yes. Yes.
MCCOY: What is it, Spock?
SPOCK; An invention, Doctor. First potassium nitrate, and now if he can find some sulphur and a charcoal deposit or ordinary coal.
(Kirk is at the outcrop of sharp diamonds, and putting them into the bamboo too.)