The Seatpost has been stuck in my Scott for years now (06 Genius MC20). I had taken it to the LBS, for the vice trick, and their suggestion was the last resort one of taking a hacksaw to it.
Other than this the bike has been fine (even the rear shock has been reliable!) the post was at the right height for climbs and I "manned up" with it for descents.
Seduced by riding a mates reverb equipped bike I decided enough was enough, so it was hacksaw time!
I cut the post 1" above the seat tube, but before the long task of cutting slots down the remaining length I grabbed the 31.6mm seat post from my other bike...
Guess what, perfect fit!
So I trimmed the post down to the match the clamp, then drilled and sawed a keyhole shaped slot in the back of the remaining seat post, used the seat clamp from my other bike, and voila, the Scott works!
So a few more years riding on the old girl, and as a bonus this opens up loads more seat post options! (All 3 of my bikes have 31.6 posts, so I'm off to buy a reverb, and figure out how I can make it quickly transplantable, so depending on where I'm riding and which bike I'm taking I have some options!)