I read an interesting page (find it here http://www.compuphase.com/mp3/sta013.htm
it, along with the message that you got and the spec sheet, make me think the answer is simple
a: we don't have to upload the configuration file anymore
b: vss5 should probably be connected to ground, but this may not be an issue, because it is probably connected to the 4 other grounds at some point or another.
Now the question becomes, will it still work right even if we upload the configuration file (called in some docs the 'patch')
P.S. ladyada, you mentioned the STA015T in the hardware overview of Minty, can you confirm/deny this stuff? Also, can someone take a look at removing the config file upload? I will try to take a look myself, but I don't know C- just a little tiny bit of java :P