afaik flash drives easily survive washing. As long as they are dried well before being used anyway.
Losing it might very well be a major issue though.
Given the purposes they talk about in the article, I strongly disagree.
There is no chance in heck that companies will start issuing this over laptops, as the "clunker" as they call it is a device they know that works with the stuff they want it to work with, while whatever each user bought for their own use may or may not work and may or may not have compatibility problems and/or driver issues.
Especially since Windows 8 still sucks b**** and there are so little machines that support it natively (bulk are Windows 7 or older and lack drivers for 8).
Seriously, does the writer expect that all the hardware people bought for their use works 100% with 8 out of the box?
Who does all the troubleshooting? What happens if the hardware cannot be troubleshooted over the internet?
DO you ask the user to bring his stuff to the company and leave it there an unspecified amount of time?
Or worse, you you ask the user to cough up the money for a device that works with 8 out of the box?
I question his IT experience. OR I don't like the implications (shifting all costs on the user).