This may help others fix a problem with a Dell laptop, Broadcom wifi and
NetworkManager. Special thanks to Jirka Klimes for insight and patience.
Here were the symptoms:
1. WiFi worked without NM but not with it.
2. "Enable wireless" was grayed out in the NM applet.
The solution is simply to blacklist dell_laptop
Exactly why this is necessary with NM but not without will remain one
of life's mysteries along with understanding Sarah Palin's appeal and
Glenn Beck's ratings (and rantings).
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