That's a problem. Arcane commands from terminal to control basic laptop features.
I suffered from this problem too, but because I am mostly plugged into the AC outlet, I didn't research the solution. I use the Bluetooth radio in my laptop on occasion, but I don't want this rarely used device draining my battery when I am unplugged from the mains. The method to set the default behavior shouldn't be so obtuse.
Fedora 18 Gnome on a ThinkPad X220, i5-2540M CPU, Intel HD Graphics 3000, Intel N 6205 wireless, and Sierra Wireless 754S Mobile Hotspot (AT&T)