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Court: Northern District of California (San Jose) Born: October 25, 1942 Previous judicial experience: Santa Clara County Superior Court, 1989-92Law degree: University of Southern California Law Center Ronald Whyte is comfortable at the ends of the earth.The thin, 57-year-old federal judge’s mild manners are becoming legend, but they belie a man with a penchant for adventure. Whyte has walked in Darwin’s footsteps on the Galapagos Islands, sailed down the Amazon River, climbed the Andes and summered in Antarctica.But it is Whyte’s stateside setting — a low-slung courtroom in San Jose’s cramped, under-repair federal building — where the real flights of fancy take place. There, the Bush-appointee contemplates nucleotides, source code and universal platform languages with a Zen-like self-restraint lawyers say is almost impossible to rattle.Around him, the headlines swirl:

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