This looks like a trick question. You probably know of some organism that lives but violates the rules of life given in Biology 101. Why don't you just say what it is? Where is your argument that a virus is more than just nucleic acids wearing a protein coat?Hello Bob...so is it your opinion that if just one of these traits is absent, we are dealing with non-life? Does a living thing need to possess every single one of these traits?
Actually, the article you cite clearly does not make a definitive statement that they are a live organism. I really like this comment provided by kpchat at the end of the article:
"There's one bit of fact in this article -- that viruses share some protein folds with cellular organisms. The rest is a bunch of baseless and largely incoherent inferences. Even if viruses are the result of reductionary evolution from cells, that doesn't make them "alive" just because cells are. "alive" has a biological definition that isn't met by viruses. That definition is based on functions performed, not on evolutionary history. "