Connect, connnect, connect...why?

Short of me occasionally needing to connect to a remote server via FTP, why does Opus constantly ask for Internet access? I have ZA and it is the most annoying issue when a "Opus" pop-up alert appears (takes focus) requesting access to the Internet - what is it looking for, why does it need Internet access ALL the time?

I have updates disabled, really how often is it updated, so that can not be the cause. Is there no way to permanently disable these request short of permanently blocking the program in ZoneAlarm?

See the FAQ: Why is Opus trying to connect to the Internet? (which I've just rearranged slightly).