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Visual Studio Achievements; they're not Xbox live right?

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    JackKnape

    Dan, is your real name Steve?  And you have your hat on backwards.  I like the plaid hat better, tbh.

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    Anotherlab

    , Dan276 wrote

    Also what are the penalties if you're caught cheating on Visual Studio Achievements?

    Nothing directly will happen, but it can cause a chain of events to occur. While programmer "Dan" is spending the work day trying to boost his Visual Studio Achievements score, over in the next cubicle, programmer "Brian" is busy actually writing code. At the end of the sprint, Brian has finished all the stories he took in and QA calls it "Done". Meanwhile, Dan has barely finished half of what he was supposed to take in. And for the stuff that he did do, it has all kinds of unneeded features that Dan added in search of Visual Studio Achievements.

    This goes on for a few months. Brian is getting stuff done. IT has blocked Dan from accessing all social media sites, plus Kickstarter. People are noticing that Brian is the "go to" guy for new features. Dan is still practicing ADD, Achievement Driven Development. 

    It's annual review time. In recognition of his achievements, the VP of Development has promoted Brian to manager. This is an actual achievement that includes a nice raise and entry into the manager bonus pool. Dan has been transferred to the legacy product team. He didn't get a raise and now has to learn DCOM. Dan now has to use developer tools that do not award achievements,  they just compile stuff.

    TL;DR Version:
    The penalty is DCOM

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    ZippyV

    I would like to thank Laura Foy for this brilliant marketing idea to get more people on Channel9!

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    kettch

    @ZippyV: +1

    At the rate this thread has been going, I expect The Gu to drop in any time now.

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    Clint

    @Psychlist1972:  I have seen your office, I doubt you go out much Smiley

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    RealBboy360

    , Anotherlab wrote

    *snip*

    Nothing directly will happen, but it can cause a chain of events to occur. While programmer "Dan" is spending the work day trying to boost his Visual Studio Achievements score, over in the next cubicle, programmer "Brian" is busy actually writing code. At the end of the sprint, Brian has finished all the stories he took in and QA calls it "Done". Meanwhile, Dan has barely finished half of what he was supposed to take in. And for the stuff that he did do, it has all kinds of unneeded features that Dan added in search of Visual Studio Achievements.

    This goes on for a few months. Brian is getting stuff done. IT has blocked Dan from accessing all social media sites, plus Kickstarter. People are noticing that Brian is the "go to" guy for new features. Dan is still practicing ADD, Achievement Driven Development. 

    It's annual review time. In recognition of his achievements, the VP of Development has promoted Brian to manager. This is an actual achievement that includes a nice raise and entry into the manager bonus pool. Dan has been transferred to the legacy product team. He didn't get a raise and now has to learn DCOM. Dan now has to use developer tools that do not award achievements,  they just compile stuff.

    TL;DR Version:
    The penalty is DCOM

    Verry good attempt at a scenario, but this was about cheating the VS achievement so I wouldn't have to spend anytime getting them.

    The other thing is that you don't understand the business world (at least in the United States).

    Hardwork != Promotion

    Good looks, partying with the boss  = promotion,  

    Say I worked for HP and wanted a promotion, I'd become Meg Whitman's boy toy. (I freelance many odds jobs so I don't deal with this stuff).

    The go to guy will always remain the "go to guy" because "they're too valuable" at their current position.  The only way for the go to guy to get a promotion is to change jobs.

    You need to spend more time reading my websites and watching my videos.

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    Ian2

    , Dan276 wrote

    *snip*

     

    You need to spend more time reading my websites and watching my videos.

     

    Will they tell me how to pick up girls? 

    (I have already tried this  but with only marginal success).

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    davewill

    , Dan276 wrote

    *snip*

    Hardwork != Promotion

    Good looks, partying with the boss  = promotion,  

    *snip*

    OMG!  This is facinating. This combined with the "cheevos". Absolutely facinating.

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    cbae

    , Dan276 wrote

    *snip*

    Good looks, partying with the boss  = promotion,  

    Say I worked for HP and wanted a promotion, I'd become Meg Whitman's boy toy. (I freelance many odds jobs so I don't deal with this stuff).

    *snip*

    How can you be a boy toy when you're so encumbered by your huge responsibility as alpha male?

    There's got to be a cheevo for that!

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    EdKaim

    This may be a topic for another thread, but I heard there's a plan to allow people to pay Microsoft Points to get Visual Studio to complete a build despite certain types of compiler errors. Visual Studio is a business after all, so the monetization is a necessary evil. Then again, I guess it's better than the old plan to put text ads in the trace logs and allow corporate sponsorship of performance counters.

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    Anotherlab

    , Dan276 wrote

    *snip*

    Hardwork != Promotion

    Good looks, partying with the boss  = promotion,  

    Say I worked for HP and wanted a promotion, I'd become Meg Whitman's boy toy. (I freelance many odds jobs so I don't deal with this stuff).

    Let us know how the "Boy Toy" career track works out for you. I would suggest picking up some additional people skills, it's hard to watch an aging b-boy pulling a back muscle while spinning on his head in the employee break room.

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    cbae

    , EdKaim wrote

    This may be a topic for another thread, but I heard there's a plan to allow people to pay Microsoft Points to get Visual Studio to complete a build despite certain types of compiler errors. Visual Studio is a business after all, so the monetization is a necessary evil. Then again, I guess it's better than the old plan to put text ads in the trace logs and allow corporate sponsorship of performance counters.

    Stay on topic or you'll be alpha-maled to oblivion.

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    blowdart

    , cbae wrote

    *snip*

    How can you be a boy toy when you're so encumbered by your huge responsibility as alpha male?

    There's got to be a cheevo for that!

    Is there a cheevo for taking a troll too far and ruining it?

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    RealBboy360

    This is not my career path, because I don't need to do that.  I was just talking about the imaginary person in Anotherlab's example

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    Niner964962

    So at what point do we all find out this is just a reddit or 4chan put on? It must be, right? It's the only explanation.

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    MaryUK

    there's always this

     

    Microsoft keeps it old-school with a pricey text adventure game

    Microsoft has jumped onto the free-to-play bandwagon with its latest game, a text-driven adventure called Visual Studio 2010. The innovative new game marries the traditional interactive fiction text adventure with its arcane commands and exploration with the free-form, open-ended gaming pioneered by the likes of SimCity.

    http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2012/01/microsoft-pimps-it-old-school-with-a-pricey-text-adventure-game/

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    davewill

    @Niner964962: When we hit 10 pages on this thread in less than 10 days and we find out we didn't add a single cheevo to our pile of cheevos.

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    MarkDeFalco

    , Dan276 wrote

    *snip*

    Oh no, I haven't cheated.  I'm just wondering what the penalty is?  For example, in xbox live they will erase your cheevos and maybe delete your account.  This happens often and Microsoft monitors this.  

    I noticed there is a leader board for VS Achievements.  If there is no penalty for cheating and/or no one is monitoring the site how do I know that the leaderboard is legit? 

    Don't worry, we have our top men tracking the VS leaderboards right now. Top. Men.

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